We are going to be teaching more fish to climb trees. (See my recent post to get where I’m coming from).
That’s because the value of vocational qualifications is going to be discounted with another misguided policy from the government. (Read it here).
They are trying as ever to measure everyone by the same bench mark and make everyone squeeze into the same straightjacket when it couldn’t possibly work any more than it would work trying to get me in size six knickers!
This is because there’s one blindingly obvious point the government always chooses to overlook: ALL children are valuable. WHATEVER they can do. WHEREVER their strengths lie. Whatever their weaknesses. Whichever path they wish to follow and direction they want to take their life. Whatever their ability with academics.
But because of league table competition, which prostitutes our children’s learning experience, we are about to make the divide between the haves and the have-nots even greater.
We don’t need this…What we need is for new policies that focus on the children’s ongoing educational experience and personal development – as a priority – rather than focussing only on what we can ‘force’ these children into being by the end, for our personal adult incentives. Incentives like climbing league tables, social one-upmanship and materialism among them. What we need is for the league tables to be done away with all together and let word of mouth be the measure of schools.
The quality of the learning experience is what makes our children intelligent. Not the end result. Heavy academic education trashes even the academic gain for some because children are dulled in pursuit of it, whereas a more varied and experiential approach would have kept their interest in learning alive.
Blessings on all those brave parents who can see that, many of whom choose to home educate and maintain that varied and experiential approach in order to rescue their children from this very disaster.