Jade is a teacher; she is also a woman from a working class background who, through the support and dedication of teachers in a system that allowed them to do their best for each individual child, went to Cambridge University.
This post is Jade’s views on what Michael Gove’s vision of an Eton style education for all really means for millions of children in this country. Read it and weep. Or actually, read it and then take action!
And talking of Mr Gove, Sonya Cisco’s written another of her open letters to him. This one is a plea that he and his cronies take the time to consult people who really know and understand not just education, but children and how they can be best served by the education system, before they concoct their next lot of exam plans.
Oh, I might as well mention it… I’ve also done a Gove-Post this month. I’m a firm believer that good nutrition is essential for great learning. Mr Gove’s proposals about teaching 7 – 14 year olds how to cook piqued my interest. But what really got my attention was the idea of allowing schools to ban packed lunches.
There is a glimmer of hope for the education system over at 3 Children and It, where Suzanne has posted about how one of the teachers at her daughter’s primary school has finally cottoned on to her daughter’s anxiety around going to school and is doing something positive about it.
There’s positivity over at Sarah Mum of 3’s blog, where she applauds her children’s school for not going into meltdown over the recent snow. The school stayed open and the kids were allowed to play in it, woot woot!
And Mummy of two has spent time musing over whether she likes the fact her four year old son is being given homework. Turns out, despite her initial misgivings, she does.
Meanwhile, over at DorkyMum, Ruth questions whether school days really are the best days of our lives… turns out they weren’t for her and I can already hear the cries of ‘me neither’ as you venture to read this post. This post is worth reading just to see how one hapless teacher incorporated a coca cola bottle into a sex education class.
Claire at Life, Ninja Killer Cat and Everything Else (I visit this blog on a regular basis primarily to coo at the butter-wouldn’t-melt pic of lil’ Ninja!) has been busy bemoaning the cost of school trips. I’m not sure if I was crying or if my eyes were merely watering as I read what lays ahead for my bank balance when Ma Puce starts school.
And after all these musings, I’m ending this month’s roundup with a doing post. It’s from Emma at My Little 3 and Me. And it’s about how to turn sweetie wrappers into a science project… now, how am I going to get my hands on some empty sweet wrappers…
If reading these posts has got you itching to write an education related post, don’t forget to let me know about it once it’s gone live. You can drop me a line at motherwifeme at gmail.com or you can reach me on Twitter and I’ll try and include it in next month’s Roundup.