The lovely Lisa from Lisa’s Notebook tagged me in The Power of Education – the Education and Parent Blogger Tag created by Freddies’s Mummy something a bit different and an interesting way to see how we all view education and what the future holds for our children.
Education for me is the most important thing you can give a child, but how you do that, I think, should be tailored to meet the child’s needs as much as possible. Children are unique and individual and I struggle with our one size fits all system, we now have in the UK. That being said, I am very grateful we do have a free state system there for parents and also the right to educate my children as we see fit.
So here are the questions and my answers.
Education and Parent Blogger Tag questions
What is your highest educational achievement? I originally wanted to train to be a teacher, but after my mother died, I realized it wasn’t for me and took a few years out, and went back to university to study children’s nursing. I graduated with a Diploma In Nursing and then topped that up to a degree, later on.
What was your favorite subject at school?
I loved English, history and design and technology. I hated maths.
How are your children educated? (public, private or homeschool etc)
My daughter attends a local Church of England/State secondary school.
Why have you decided that educational route for them?
My son is homeschooled. He attended state primary school until the end of year 3 and then we decided to educate him at home. He has sensory processing disorder and whilst academically was doing very well at school, his behavior and anxiety around coping with the pressure of school made us think we needed to give him space to develop emotionally and the state system doesn’t really allow for that.
My daughter went through the primary school system into secondary. I was privately educated, but don’t feel that it is any better than some of the very good state schools we have locally to us, so we have not opted for private school for our children. She loves school, and has always thrived in the school system, we chose this school because it is smaller than our other local school and we liked their STEM curriculum and their positive attitude and support of making sure girls thrive and are able to reach their potential.
My son attended state primary school until the end of year 3 and then we decided to educate him at home. He has sensory processing disorder and whilst academically was doing very well at school, his behavior and anxiety around coping with the pressure of school made us think we needed to give him space to develop emotionally and the state system doesn’t really allow for that.
What is your child’s favourite subject?
My daughter loves science and maths, and they are definitely her strong point. She also enjoys French.
My son also loves maths, and computers and anything to do with technology. He also has a flair for art, music and languages.
What is your favourite educational game?
Scrabble. The best way to learn new words and how to spell them, and also use your brain.
My daughter loves Judy Blume currently, as well as James Herriot.
My son loves David Walliams and Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon books.
What is your child’s favourite FREE educational game?
Minecraft for both.
What does your child want to do when they grow up?
My daughter wants to be a teacher, but she isn’t sure whether she wants to be a Primary teacher, or do a specific subject in Secondary school yet.
My son is currently taking ballet and dance very seriously, and we are in the process of letting him have some more serious exposure to ballet at courses and exams, in London, with a view to seeing if he can attend a ballet school. He wants to dance, although he also loves learning so we are trying to leave both doors open for him to decide.
Do your children want to go to university?
My daughter does, very much so, to train to be a teacher, my son, we aren’t sure yet if he chooses dance and ballet that is a very different educational path he will negotiate.
The power of education
Education is very powerful, and every child should have access to what they need to blossom and grow, and that parents need to be closely involved in making sure their children have the access and support they need to achieve everything they can. Education is power, learning how to use that properly is key.