Pass or fail, pass or fail, pass or fail!.
It seems that most kids are lead to believe that passing subjects at school will set them on the path to further education, college, university and ultimately a job/career of their choice, and on the flip side, failing subjects at school will have the quite the reverse of prospects.
It is, of course, true that this will be the case for a certain amount of children, but what about the rest of kids who do not succeed in the “one shoe fits all” UK national curriculum approach?
The national curriculum in the UK is archaic in many ways and seems more statistics and tick box orientated, rather than pupil focused.
Teachers working within the curriculum are restricted how and what they can teach due to the eyes of “big brother” bearing down on them, it must frustrate the hell out them.
They should be applauded for working under such a restrictive regime.
Does the Curriculum work? It certainly does in Finland, they are right up there in the world, teaching the same subjects as the UK.
Overview of education in Finland.
At the time of writing this post, they are looking at even more new ways of improving education. We could learn a lot from Finland.
Home educating in the UK is fast increasing, there are many reasons for this shift away from the norm, one certainly being the pressure cauldron that is the national curriculum.
How to educate our children is a personal thing and however parents/guardians chose to educate their children should be respected.
It is surprising never the less how many people simply do not know that alternative ways to educate out children are available, in particular, home educating.
Whether children are more suited to an academic or non-academic world after leaving school, surely their time being educated should be fun and focused on their unique learning style and passions.
Sir Ken Robinson who is a hugely passionate campaigner for schools to encourage more creativity for children gave an inspiring Ted talk regarding the need for schools to stop focusing on subjects like Maths, English and Science and also to focus on the child’s inner creative self.
Children and adults alike should be encouraged to follow their passions and dreams, having the pass or fail mentality instilled into them from an early can only be detrimental to their confidence as human beings.
Sir Ken Robinson giving a Ted talk.
Schools treat failing as a negative thing, you speak to many successful entrepreneurs and they will tell you failing is part of life and should be embraced as part of the journey to success and making a difference in the world.
Children are born without fear to fail and make mistakes, school and society can erode that shell of resistance with the quest for perfection.
We will always need professions that require bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, though, in an ever-changing world, there aren’t the jobs out there to facilitate the amount people with degrees, which in itself is a huge problem.
There are so many kids who for one reason or another will never enter the academic world on a professional level and they spend all them years at school learning subjects they simply have no interest in and never intend to pursue.
The curriculum lets these children down, surely all children should be encouraged to enjoy learning subjects that interest them and will bode them well for the future.
Home-schooling can offer such flexibility of learning and allow children to think differently.