As a teacher who was made redundant recently I know far to well the the Conservative government has been vastly underfunding our schools. We were told that we had no money for training courses which would help us keep up with changes in our subjects. If a teacher was off work for any reason the cost of a supply techer was removed from the department budget meaning we had less for resources. The Government keep saying that record amounts of money is being spent on schools budgets what the don't say is that costs have outstripped these increases so the actual money available per pupil has been severely reduced. This cannot be allowed to continue and I for one will not be voting for more of this in the upcoming election.
Good foundations I managed recently to track down an old school friend that I had not seen for many years. I left my home town many years ago and had lost contact with that set. It is difficult with women as we marry and change names, sometimes more than once. Anyway, in exchanging information I remarked that, considering how quiet and shy we were then, it is amazing what interesting and useful lives we all seem to have lived. Her reply really resonated with me. She said, yes but we did have such good foundations. When I was at school learning was not fun. We were, if anything, slightly frightened by our teachers. But grammar, maths, good spoken English and standards of behavior (and table manners) were drilled into us relentlessly. No nonsense was allowed, high standards were expected as routine. These skills have made life easier and given us the tools to reach our goals. Many children subjected to that regime today would probably put in call to protest about their human rights! I would not want to put the clock back totally as it did seem hard, even at the time. But in making education more child friendly we have perhaps lost more than we gained. What do you think? Marian fundamentalwisdom.blogspot.com
It seems odd that very recently the government announced that eleven year olds are now going to be taught the times table that is from 2x times up to 12x times although I went to a secondary modern school which basically taught every thing including the times table, which we had learned long before the age of eleven, prayers were the first thing in the morning and then followed, reading, writing, history geography, science, singing, and then swimming, and sports, including religious education, a broad spectrum of diversified subjects. The outcome was we had a balanced view of life and the world in general, also we learned to look out for less unfortunate boys and girls who might need extra help over coming some of the schools teaching programmes. The teachers came into the room with the books or whatever they were going to teach us, except for the science room where we made our way to that room, where as now the children are walking around carrying bags of books wandering from class to class, so it seems the education system is going backwards not forwards. So is it any wonder that our children are getting further and further behind, other ethnic groups who stick to regular and well practised and well tried systems which isn't being changed every five minutes, much like our own methods, which need to go back to the old and tried methods which worked.
What are your thought and views on the way our children are being taught today ??
This is something I know a lot about, I've worked in the addiction field for 30 years. Would it be helpful to explain the effects (physical/psychological), legality and current trends to members of the Forum?
How important is the correct use of English grammar and punctuation to you on social networking sites? If you see something mis-spelt on Facebook are you itching to correct it, or does it not detract from the what you are reading?