I read last weeks Reasons to be Cheerful post, by Kate on Thin Ice, and it got me thinking (ranting) about school targets.
In fact, the British school system, as a whole.
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It feels, to me, like common sense and individuality has been thrown out of the window, and replaced with scores and targets. The school system is now so full of red tape, that the child is getting lost.
I currently have a child in each step of the system (in the old sense, not the yr1-yr11 sense). I have one in the infants, about to go to the primary. I have a tween in the first year of the local comprehensive. Then I have a teen in College. I point this out so that you can see, although this is personal opinion, I've had experience of them all.
I've recently been to a teacher meeting, at the comprehensive, where my sons current targets (amongst other things) were discussed. I'm not going to tell you what those targets were, that's irrelevant, but the targets were all the same, for every subject. This has changed, in the year since, my teen left!
When he was there, he was given targets for individual lessons. So, for example, he may have been good at maths, but not English, so the target would be different in both. Now they have decided that if you can be good in one subject, you can be good at them all!
I cannot express how utterly ridiculous I find this!
What if your child is very athletic? So good in fact, that he/she could easily hit an 8? That means, that child, is under pressure to be good at everything................from the age of 11?! How can that make any sense??
This has resulted in more and more homework being sent home with the child, just to keep up. So, in a day and age when we are constantly being told our children have far too much screen time, and not enough outdoor time, we are being told to spend more time, guess where? On a screen.
Which brings me to another thing that bugs me. What about the child that can't afford a PC?
Go to the libraries, I hear you shout.
What, you mean the ones that are closing, left right and centre?
I refuse to buy a printer, that will ONLY be used to print off my sons homework! So I send him in with a memory stick, to be printed in school. There is still a problem though, we have openoffice...........the school has Microsoft office. They can't print it without help!
Our current school system is rife with bullying, targets and pressure. Our children have to deal with that on a daily basis, because the teachers are wrapped up in red tape and have no other option than to follow the rules. I am, in no way, blaming the teachers, I know some awesome teachers.
It's just the system we have been forced into.
I wish there was a way we could fight against it, but there isn't. The 'powers that be' decide how the education system is run. Unfortunately it means the individuality of children is pushed out, from an increasingly younger age.
I will be ignoring my sons targets, as I will for my other sons. They will do the best they can, and for that I will be forever proud of them.
If you agree with this, please feel free
to share it about. Maybe it will help
get our voices heard!