Nurturing, inspiring, varied and experiential, knowledge and opportunity rich. That’s what I said I wanted education to be in my last post.
Because that gives the children what they need to live successful and productive lives. It makes them happy, it makes them healthy and most important of all it gives them confidence. Confidence must surely be an objective for education.
Have you looked at your child’s education recently and considered what it’s doing for them?
You can’t build confidence in a system that gives you no choice. When you have no choice it is easy to become a pawn or a victim and fail to develop the skills needed to lead later life for yourself.
You won’t become confident from being unhappy, you won’t stay well either. You need to feel fairly content with what’s happening in your life, even if there are challenges, but challenges make you happy too. When there’s no choice about those though, there’s little happiness.
You can’t develop confidence if you’re continually undermined by lack of respect for your personal preferences. Confidence is built from being respected, whatever you are like.
It doesn’t make you confident when your ideas and opinions are disregarded and there’s little opportunity to express what’s important to you.
It doesn’t make you confident when no one trusts that you are able to learn for yourself and take some charge of your education.
It won’t enhance your well-being when no one seems to have any regard for you as a person or interest in nurturing your personal skills and strengths.
It’s hardly inspiring to be squeezed into someone else’s prescription of education towards objectives which have no meaning to you. That hardly keeps you motivated and happy. You need to understand your own objectives.
And it hardly keeps you motivated when your experience of education is dull and lack-lustre, year after year, with little variety in approach or experience.
What’s your child’s education like? Is it giving them confidence? If not, you might like to consider changing it!