The Few

This is week five of our new school at home project. This follows on from 5 months of school at home which was enforced across the country before the summer holidays. Son is in now in Year 10 which is the third year of secondary school – that’s a lot of numbers in so few words. Spot the sad Accountant. Don’t worry I have undergone counselling and I have not relapsed into accounting for two years now.

Something struck me today. That wasn’t just the incessant rain hammering down on our little hill. It was a teaching thought. How much information is spoon fed to our children and how few opportunities are given to them to think freely. Over the last 5 weeks it’s basically been learn this and then answer some questions on what you have been told to learn. The sources of information are closely controlled. Set texts. Set webpages. Set topics. So few opportunities to explore, to follow interests. In that period I can think of Art giving a chance to pick from a limited selection of options to explore Japanese Art. Another subject provided a chance to briefly research diseases (well that’s a barrel of laughs). Computing has allowed pupils the opportunity to pick which mini homework modules they can work through – but it has to be from one set site. Everything else has been carefully set.

Why not let the next generation learn to think for themselves. Follow their interests. Have fun learning. Maybe that would be a start of recognising that each child is unique.

No that’s not allowed. The current Government actually thinks it’s not controlled enough. For example schools have now been instructed to ban any material classed as anti capitalist. Where does that leave the discussion of climate change. More straight jackets applied to education.

It really shouldn’t be like this.

Surely the needs of our children outweigh the needs of the few.