Will you take your work on holiday with you so you don’t suffer the ‘Summer Slide’?
Course you won’t. It’s a ridiculous idea. You want a break. You need a break.
Your kids do too.
Will you lose your work skills whilst you’re on holiday? Course you won’t, they may get a bit rusty but you’ll soon polish them up again.
Same with kids.
That is why this idea in the news that kids need teaching all holiday is so ridiculous. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-23465178
It’s about parent panic mongering and class one-up-man-ship, not what kids really need.
Children will need to crank up a bit to get back to where they were pre-holiday but this doesn’t matter in the broader perspective of their education. And it’s the broader education that kids need not silly little tests to see if they’re still the same.
Tests ARE NOT educational, so we need to stop testing our children and pretending that they are. They are for the political gain of the school and the parents. They are of NO benefit to a child’s education what so ever. You never got any better at anything by being tested on it and as for keeping them for records; the results are inaccurate and teachers hardly have time to use them.
Holidays educate far more than testable exercises do (see previous post) so let your kids get out and about and on with real lives and most of all play and spend some time with them.
This is what will give them the most essential part of education:
No amount of stuff on paper will make our kids good at anything other than stuff on paper.
Fine if you want your kid to be good at stuff on paper but that doesn’t help them lead a life, it doesn’t help them develop a rounded intelligence, it doesn’t help them overcome all the challenges life confronts us with, it doesn’t help them transfer skills to the workplace.
I reckon this whole misguided practice is more about parents wanting their kids to be best for their own parental status than looking at their own individuals and deciding what’s best for them.
It keeps the kids busy too of course. But actually, that’s the parents’ job.
Holidays are an opportunity for parents to really engage with, inspire, and show their kids all the wonders of the world they never get to see whilst they’re stuck inside a school. And to teach them about real life, rather than an academic life.
We are a nation of sheepwalkers. We’d rather follow the other sheep than think for ourselves. If we did we’d know education needs to be different.
Thousands of home educators have been thinking deeply about their child’s education and proving that this hothouse approach to a child’s life is unnecessary. Home educated children are going onto Uni and into work – but they won’t have had lessons every summer to achieve it.
They will have had life – and learnt from it.
It’s a shame these school kids can’t have the same!