Today is my youngest little ladys birthday.
She is eleven, and on a wave of excitement that is funny to watch.
The down side is she has school,
and today despite it being her birthday, she will get homework!
Maybe I am getting old,
but I am lost when it comes to modern education.
Rote learning, memorizing regular state testing, league tables,
these are our measure of success nowadays.
Children stressed, no longer having time to play, poor self esteem,
none of these are taken into account when schools measure success.
We should have all woken up and taken note,
when you no longer sent your child to “play school” but to “pre school”.
The clue was definitely in the title!
From the age of three our children are part of this educational system.
They are actively being taught from the earliest of ages.
Teachers are assessing,
Parents are comparing.
Its all about learning.
There appears to be no room for difference.
No room for play,
No room for children to be children.
The pressure continues through the years.
Is my daughter really at such a critical stage in her education,
that she must do homework even on her birthday?
Will it really mean she falls way behind her classmates?
Maybe her not getting into college could be traced back to this very day?
I don’t think so.
Homework to me is a waste of her time and mine.
I do not mind her having reading or maths,
that allows us both to catch up on how she is doing.
It also gives her a chance to get extra help if required.
But what is the point of spellings?
Have they no time in school to learn them?
(she’s dyslexic by the way so they really are pointless).
As for when they are doing written homework,
and the teacher insists they write out the question too!
That drives me wild.
In my daughters school there is a homework policy,
each class has a maximum time to complete it.
This is something I believe to be very positive.
However, guess what?
Many parents ignore the guidelines and insist their children finish all given work.
So if the guideline is forty five minutes,
they spend an hour and a half or more at it.
They do not want to be seen to have a child below par.
The result for me?
My child seems to have serious issues!
I know many teachers,
and they all say its parental pressure makes them give homework.
Maybe it is,
but on their birthday?
I’m afraid I cant be a part of all this competition to learn.
I want my child to achieve,
but not at the cost of her childhood.
So today when my “baby”
returns home from school,
all happy and excited,
She will play with her presents,
and I will do her homework!
I got the idea for this post today after reading beingjunes post, Preschool bootcamp.
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