I took an 11YO to see Macbeth. Does that make me a bad parent?

11YO has been studying Macbeth in high school this term, and as there was a production of it at our local Leeds Arts Centre recently, I thought I'd give her the opportunity to experience it as it was intended - as a piece of live theatre.  (She's also seen this episode of Blackadder and wanted to know … Continue reading I took an 11YO to see Macbeth. Does that make me a bad parent?

Open Letter from Let Our Kids Be Kids – the voice of tens of thousands of parents

Last year I saw for myself the pressure children in Year 6 were put under with the end of primary school SATS. My daughter was taught to jump through hoops and ended up with top marks, but was bitterly unhappy, and a year later actually can’t remember any of it. It’s horrible to think that they’re making these tests even tougher. One thing’s for certain, I won’t be letting her little sister sit these tests in a couple of years.

Let Our Kids Be Kids

Open Letter from Let Our Kids Be Kids – the voice of tens of thousands of parents who want an end to SAT testing NOW.

Dear Nicky Morgan,

We are aware that you’ve been flooded with open letters recently but this one is a bit different. We’re writing from everybody. We represent the voice of parents across the country. Parents are everybody. They are teachers, they are junior doctors, they are steel workers, they are speech therapists, neuro scientists, academics, small business owners, stay at home mums. Parents aren’t people you can dismiss into a single box; parents are everybody that you were voted in to serve.

  • Children as young as 6 are labelling themselves failures and crying about going to school. We know this because we are parents.
  • The capacity for children of this age to actually learn the concepts you have asked them to learn is questionable. We…

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On the Arts and Humanities

Couldn’t agree more with this post, so I’m re-blogging it on my own site.  Lit.Gaz is one of my favourite blogs to follow – a great source of information about books and literature!

LIT.GAZ.

I hope that this post doesn’t turn into too much of a rant – I’d like to remain calm, but every so often the morons who are charged with education policy in this country enrage me, and recent remarks on the supposed superiority of mathematical and scientific education, and deprecation of the arts and humanities, has made me see red again.

Basically, education, and particularly higher education, is supposed now to be seen only in terms of enhancing the future, immediate employability of students, and, of course, everyone wants to employ mathematicians and scientists and nobody needs those useless arts and humanities graduates, for what can they really, actually DO?

It’s become increasingly evident over the last generation that HE is now basically big business, not only for universities who now have to compete in the holy marketplace, but also for the spivs and chancers who can now get richer…

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Wuthering Heights again – Does Anyone Read Joseph’s speeches?

This post has been amended to include the little dots on top of the last letter of Emily Brontë's surname - thanks to Erin of Bubbles and Beebots for telling me how to do this! I've been thinking a lot about Wuthering Heights and English Literature generally in the last few days.  11YO has dipped into … Continue reading Wuthering Heights again – Does Anyone Read Joseph’s speeches?