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.