Schools should turn their attention to “creativity and social and emotional capacities”

Schools should turn their attention to “creativity and social and emotional capacities” said South Korea’s former Education Minister according to this article in ‘The Guardian’. Well, my ‘school’ certainly has this emphasis. I also mainly agree with the journalist, Simon Jenkins’, opinion that, “Britain needs literate and presentable young people, sensitive to culture and the world around them, skilled in health, entertainment, finance, the law and citizenship.”  I certainly like “sensitive to culture and the world around them”. I put a lot of emphasis on that too, to the detriment of formal schooling.

This article is ostensibly about the current fetishization of Maths in education. We like Maths in our homeschool. We plan even to start Latin – despite the headline of this article being “…maths is even more pointless than Latin” because we find Latin just as interesting as Maths. But I don’t think either will be the ‘making’ of my children. They are interesting because they have some relevance in the real world, are intellectually stimulating and can be fun. But we don’t do/won’t be doing either subject very seriously and certainly not for any kind of test.

If only the world could get over testing; get over the ‘industrial society’ mode of thinking about kids and their education. I really feel sorry for kids at most schools these days. They aren’t learning what they need to learn and yet it’s apparently so desperately important to learn it. Very sad.

About homeschoolingpenny

Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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