Schools to produce more rounded children?

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It has been reported that former soldiers will be called in to schools to improve the “character & resilience” of disadvantaged pupils.

They will visit schools & pupil referral units for disruptive excluded pupils to attempt to instil a “military-style ethos” within the children.

“For pupils who may have faced challenges or difficulties in their personal life, these initiatives run by former armed services personnel can offer a sense of greater aspiration and can help build the skills and confidence they need to go on to good jobs and successful futures.”

– Nicky Morgan | Education Secretary

With any luck politicians are realising that schools have become too focused on exams, grades & league tables. The focus should turn to the children, their behaviour, skill sets & outlook on life.

For too long schools have taught children what they need to know to pass their exams & make their school look good. Generations have been let down by their schools because they have not been given an education that will help them to progress as people. The time has come for schools to go back to what they’re all about, supporting children as they learn, encouraging skill sets & preparing children for the world ahead of them.

As a side note, I also believe that parents should take more interest in their children’s learning & be a support to them.
Many do but many leave it up to schools when parents should also be encouraging their children & preparing them for the real world.



4 thoughts on “Schools to produce more rounded children?

    micklively said:
    07/01/2015 at 9:10 am

    I wonder whether education policy is yet another victim of an ideological war being waged. I believe I detect a lust to increase the divisions between the haves and have-nots. If we’ve lost out but “they” have lost even more, all is well.

      purplekatie said:
      07/01/2015 at 9:35 am

      Do you feel you detect that “lust to increase the divisions” from what I have said or from the government?
      I was hoping to put forward the idea that children should be supported in learning about themselves & life rather than being pawns in an exam & league table focused education system. ^KH

        micklively said:
        07/01/2015 at 9:57 am

        I did not detect from what you wrote per se but rather hoped to offer another facet. Certainly the government are a large component, though maybe they should be seen as symptom sooner than disease.
        I support the thrust of your argument. I think you could also consider the “industry fodder” attitudes of some so-called educationalists. Well rounded people are so much more than potential employees. I studied Shakespeare, quantum mechanics, history. I have yet to use them at work but I don’t regret the study at all.

        purplekatie said:
        07/01/2015 at 10:10 am

        “Well rounded people are so much more than potential employees.”
        This is true & something that I agree with.
        Thank you for your comments.^KH

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