I want to start this by apologising. With being largely house and garden bound, I don’t get out much. Haven’t got out much since March. So I don’t get to that many different places. That’s why you tend to get the same views in my photos, over and over and over again. One day they will change. Thankfully the changing skies try to help out a little.
Isn’t it nice when you look at reviews for something you are looking to buy and they all agree. It gives you a level of confidence about whether to spend your money or not. But when are we that lucky. Normally it’s five camps of reviews
- The greatest thing since sliced bread, unbelievable quality,
- It’s useless, the wrong size, wrong colour, doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do and falls to bits with days,
- It’s ok but I’m not really sure,
- Clearly reviewing the completely wrong item,
- It’s a present for someone so it’s not been used yet……
How can people see the same thing in so many different ways. You end up being even more confused than before.
I’m looking to get a language app. Hopefully one which both of us can use. So covering German and French. I have an old one which is great for learning German words but is rubbish at actually developing my conversational skills. So I’m looking for one that can actually start to make me fluent. Son needs one to help with his homeschooling. So he can learn French. Improve his vocabulary and spoken work. In an ideal world it would be dyslexic friendly as well. So not much to ask for then…..
Rosetta Stone was mentioned by a few people. Yes it’s expensive but it covers both languages and is supposed to be quite dyslexic friendly. So let’s see the reviews. Well it’s either brilliant or useless. Fantastic for building conversational skills or maybe it’s only good for learning individual words. Worth every penny or a complete waste of money. The reviews were no help at all. I guess it depends on the person and what they need. So I’m none the wiser.
So you have to be careful with reviews. Certainly school reviews.
I remember someone asking me about son’s last school. I think I said ‘it’s very nice just a bit rubbish. Disorganised but it’s heart is in the right place’. Bit harsh but I thought it was fair.
Well I looked up the reviews for my son’s current school and it seems to get mostly really high approval ratings. As a parent that would certainly encourage me to send my child there. But then you drill down further. Yes lots of very positive reviews from parents. Comments like
- Great school,
- Very good on discipline,
- Learning focused,
- Gets results,
- Good teachers,
- Child enjoys school,
- Great headteacher.
Still looking great and then you look at the small number of negative reviews. Something then strikes you. All those comments come from parents with something in common. Every single negative review was from parents with children who had special educational needs. Aspergers, Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Oral and Written Language disorders. Suddenly the comments changed. Now the language was
- Useless if your child has an Education and Health plan,
- No support,
- Teachers don’t care,
- Too quick to write kids off who need support,
- Might as well teach at home,
- Had to take our child out from this school,
- Child is stuck in the bottom set and the school is seemingly happy to keep him there,
- Child is so unhappy.
Sadly this is replicated in too many schools across the UK. It shows the overall school system priorities. Demonstrates the values of the Government. As a country we let down too many with additional educational needs. It shouldn’t be like this.
Sometimes reviews don’t lie.