Catch up – and secure!
My last blog emphasised parenting as THE most important job ever. But parents are in the worst of all worlds, with schools still closed and many children missing out on vital learning. It is no-one’s fault that the virus has interfered with normal schooling. So blame is not appropriate. Nevertheless, it is the case that…Read more
Parenting – THE most important job ever!
What do you say when someone asks what your job is? Most of us immediately think of the job we get paid for. After my last blog, about what happens when parenting goes badly wrong and children end up doing terrible things, I started to think about parenting as an actual job. It’s not often…Read more
Education and Parenting: What happens when it goes wrong?
I am sickened by the News (7.1.21): gripped by shock. A child has been murdered by three other children. Yes – children! When a thirteen year old boy (Olly Stephens) has been stabbed by others around his own age, it should make us all DO something. But what? What has gone wrong to make three…Read more
Teaching, learning and expectation
My last blog discussed why teaching needs to be a caring profession and outlined how I began – teaching maths to secondary school kids in bottom sets. So my question (that I have never considered until now) is: why was it assumed (by that Head) that a least experienced teacher could work successfully with pupils…Read more
Teaching: a Caring Profession
As a retired teacher I want to extol the virtues of my profession. There has been much hype in the media about the role of teachers – and the difficulties of keeping children in school safely during this pandemic. This week I have been so heartened by a message sent by my granddaughter’s (Year 9)…Read more