Random thoughts and ramblings

Mediocre Failures

THe sort of school he is describing will never happen under the current curriculum system. IT’s the sort of school that requires governments to step back and let the teachers work out what the kids they teach need and the government can’t abide letting teachers show that they know what their kids need better than the all seeing, all knowing politicians. Sheesh.

I want to teach in that sort of school. I want to show a child how to make something in DT and see their face light up with pleasure as they realise that they are allowed to do that and that they can do it! I want to see the pride at the end of the project when they leave the workshop with a piece that they created and made with their own hands – rather than teaching specific projects that are prescribed by the curriculum and end up at the end of a project in a scraps box in my office.

It’s the current thinking that is killing education, making teachers hate their jobs and leaving kids bored and unhappy and wanting to get out of school any way they can.

Disappointed Idealist

My children are adopted. They were adopted at the ages of three, four and six. As with nearly all children adopted in this country over the last couple of decades, this means that their early life experiences were pretty terrible. As each was born, their collective experience of life became more damaging, as their circumstances worsened. So the eldest is least affected as her first years were perhaps less difficult experiences, while the youngest is most affected, as her entire first two years of life were appalling. I’m not going to go into detail here about their specific early life experiences, but if you want to read up on the sort of effects which can result from serious neglect or abuse, then you could read this .

Why am I writing this ? Especially now after midnight in the middle of the Easter holidays ? It’s because I’m so angry I…

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