Tuesday, November 13, 2018

World Kindness Day

Thanks to social media we all know when different days are. We know what days to remember, what days to dress up and other days that are important. However, I don't think this should be a day. Why can't we do our best to be kind every day? There is so much horror, famine and disease in the world, a little bit of kindness can go a long way.

What does kindness mean to you?

Thursday, November 08, 2018

The Education system is failing:

 I actually missed writing a post, yesterday. The prompt was light, and left me totally stumped. Today isn't much better, because it's activism. Don't get me wrong, I think it's an awesome set of prompts, as it you get so many variations on different blogs.

However, I'm no activist. 
The Oxford English dictionary defines Activism as:
the use of direct and noticeable action to achieve a result, usually apolitical or social one.

This isn't me. Don't get me wrong, I have beliefs and I love discussing them, in private. In fact I can get quite animated about it! However, I don't get involved in campaigning. It's not that I don't believe in it, I fully support it, it just isn't me.
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So would I campaign for anything? Well yes, actually.

A change to the British education system.

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I think it is completely messed up. I've written about it, in the past, I still feel the same. We live in The United Kingdom, which is far from united! Every part of the country has different policy, in regards to most things, but definitely in education. 

Where I live, in Wales, we still have the statement of special educational needs, this is not so in England?! Basically what both countries have is a huge amount of form filling, followed by complete strangers (who have never met your child) deciding how much help your child needs, in school. For children, like my son, who will always need help, in school, it's simply not good enough!

The country doesn't have the money for education anymore. Classes are too full, teachers don't have the time to give every child the time they require. It's also become far too obsessed with grades! What about the child that isn't academic, but may be a great athlete/mechanic/chef?!

My son is a great reader, but academically is no where near other children his age, in the current system means he is being failed, but he's not! He's actually got teachers that know how to tap into his knowledge, but because he can't write it down, or speak out about it, he's a tick in a different box. How can this be right?!

Don't get me wrong, I love my sons school however, they are the odd ones out, because they've made the changes required. They've created a discreet class, so children that struggle don't miss out, they have helped me fight for the correct 'next step' for my sons education.

The current education is flawed, in so many ways. So would I actively fight for changes?

Yes, I would.

Unfortunately, this is one change that may be too big. Hopefully, one day, the system will improve.