A largely stress free week for our son. It’s strange how these always coincide with times away from school. How can we have got education so badly wrong for so many kids. So many great teachers yet so many unhappy and unfulfilled children.
Our son likes lists. It reflects how is mind works. They are honest, raw and unfiltered.
Dad I have a top ten list of what I am looking forward to and not looking forward to with this school term
- Being treated like I’m not allowed to understand stuff. I’m low attainment so I am supposed to act like it. Kids who get lower marks than me, who don’t answer as many questions are in classes above me.
- Having to put my hand up for help. I have an invisible disability which school doesn’t want to see. So I don’t get any help. No help at all.
- Never getting a chance to shine.
- Having to do tests which are made to make me fail.
- Completely pointless homework. It’s just testing your handwriting.
- Too much noise. Too many people.
- Being in a class with so many kids who don’t want to be there so they are naughty. Because I’m in the bottom class I’m supposed to be naughty.
- Having to wear a uniform which is so uncomfortable and feels awful.
- It’s never fun. Just rules and avoiding being given negatives.
- At least it’s not an 8, 9 or 10 week school term.
So in a few hours it starts again. I will repeatedly bang my head on an unmoving brick wall as school and the local council won’t shift. They make me sound like that annoying parent who just will not see the clear logic of the situation. How dare I question the system.
All I can do is keep being there for our son. But maybe there is something else. Let’s really be that annoying pushy parent. Clearly working WITH school and the authorities doesn’t work. What has it produced. A kid stuck in bottom class getting absolutely no extra help at all.
Autism – nothing
Dyspraxia – nothing
Even the little bit of help he received with Dyslexia has been removed
Diplomacy has failed. Working with the authorities has failed. Maybe it’s time to fight them.