Inflicting Unnecessary Harm

“The saddest thing for me about the education system, as I have witnessed it, is that it seems almost intentionally calculated to create anxious children, parents and teachers. Matt was only four the first time I was told he was “behind the benchmark”, which I still think is an obscene and revolting way to describe any child, and this emphasis on his shortcomings and failures has continued…

It’s a big, complex question, the matter of how we educate our children, and I imagine it feels overwhelming from the inside. I am not an expert. I’m just a parent and a lover of words and stories who feels deeply sad at all the unnecessary stress and missed opportunities and the avalanche of mental health problems in children and their parents and teachers. The bold thing would be to take a blank sheet of paper and start again. Could we not do that? Could we not ask how we want to educate our children, all of them, with creativity and joy?”

Fronted Adverbials Be Damned
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Homeschooling Looks Like . . .

A2Z Homeschooling: Where Do I Start

According to a recent USA Today/Ipsos poll, 60 percent of parents surveyed said they will likely choose at-home learning this fall rather than send their children to school even if the schools reopen for in-person learning. Thirty percent of parents surveyed said they were “very likely” to keep their children home.

Kerry McDonald: Back to School? No Thanks

What If . . .

“What if I told you that slow pace of life you crave is achievable?

What if I told you you don’t need to be a teacher, or have all the answers?

What if I told you that your children could follow their own interests instead of a standardised curriculum?

What if I told you that you could spend your days in whatever way YOU wanted? You could travel whenever you liked, and take holidays any time.

What if I told you you could do ALL of this while still giving your child a fabulous education. Could you justify sending them to school? For me, the answer was no.”

When I was trying to decide if we should homeschool, I read everything I could. I wanted to know how hard it would be, how much time it would take, what I needed to teach them, what the reporting requirements … Continue reading →   Source:I Can’t Justify School | Happiness is here

It’s Summer Break. Where Have All the Children Gone? 

It’s summer vacation, but you might not know it from the absence of children on streets and sidewalks, in parks and public spaces.

What happened to those long summer days outside with friends, roaming in the woods or water?

They’re trapped inside, doing structured, adult-led activities.

Source: It’s Summer Break. Where Have All the Children Gone? – Foundation for Economic Education

School Holiday Survival Guide | Happiness is here

How to ‘survive’ the holidays.

img_christmas 2016Hint: ditch the rules/punishments/bribes/and behaviour charts.

Source: School Holiday Survival Guide | Happiness is here

What Causes More Anxiety in Children: School or a Smartphone? — John Holt GWS

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Our children attend school at earlier ages and graduate at older ages than they did in previous generations; we make going to college a modern, tribal ritual that socially shames those who can’t afford it or who don’t thrive there; we focus on degrees awarded but not on competencies earned outside of degree programs; we increase standardized testing and the pressure on teachers and students to produce better grades; we reduce play and private time for children outside of school; we eliminate recess and after-school programs inside school and turn them into instruction and homework time.

This is considered to be the norm we want to make children adjust to.

Is it any wonder they are anxious?

Read more: What Causes More Anxiety in Children: School or a Smartphone? — John Holt GWS