This festive period has been great, it really has. Then 2 days before the girls are due back we decided to make sure things were all sorted and ready for their return. That’s when reality took a swing at me!
The reality of schools, authority and how much stress and frustration the current education system gives me. As I’ve said in a previous post, I don’t agree with homework, read it here. I especially don’t agree with homework during Christmas!
Further to this, I’ve now come across a school ‘policy’ that I certainly don’t agree with and can’t actually believe is even real! So despite the long winded emails and emotional bullshittery, the short of it is… If children don’t hit set targets, they will be given extra work to do at home and then made to take tests during break/lunch times/after school. Now upon hearing this was happening to one of mine, I immediately made my feelings known that this is quite frankly nonsense.
I did the 2016, oops, 2017 thing and put it out there online for other people to have their say, turns out everyone else thinks it’s a load of crap too! It was polished up as a positive thing to do that of course helps the child. RUBBISH! Apparently there is no time within the curriculum to squeeze this extra work and tests in, otherwise they will then be missing parts of the next topic. Again, RUBBISH! So basically, if you don’t learn at the pace the school have set each individual, unless you catch up in your own time it’s tough, because the curriculum doesn’t include time for people who need extra help.
So let’s say you’re learning about Topic A. You’re in class and you take in what you can but it doesn’t quite click, in most cases because it’s something you’re not remotely interested in. Now you’re given extra work about Topic A to do at home. It’s likely you’re even less engaged in your home setting. Then you have to take another test, at break time!! If this stuff isn’t clicking for you in the classroom environment or at home, how are you expected to get through a test during your break time?! This isn’t the way, where’s the flexibility in learning?
It’s not a punishment. Forcing a child to stay in to take a test at break time/after school isn’t a punishment? Who are you kidding?! What child see’s that as engaging and beneficial?
I think this has pissed me off more than usual because I thought I was buying into something groundbreaking when deciding to send my children to this particular school. Turns out, on the surface, they’re very different to standard schools, but underneath, ultimately it’s all about tests and results. The system is broken, education is failing and curriculums no matter how fancy the names, are narrowed to meet government targets.
I guess I should add that I’m not against learning. Very much the opposite! I just won’t allow precious family time to be eaten into, because someone else has targets to hit. If my child was struggling seriously with fundamentals of learning I’m not an idiot, of course I’d buy into extra things at home. But, that’s for us parents to decide, education doesn’t stop for our family at 315pm, but what and how the children learn from that moment on is under our control and based on what we feel is important.
I’d love to know what you think, should there be time within set school hours (NOT BREAK TIMES) where children can be given extra support?…. See you online @dadvworld
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