I am not meaning to be controversial, nor demeaning in any way!!!!
During our staff devotions at school this morning, my daughter's English teacher (Mr B) played a part of a presentation by Sir Ken Robinson. The talk was titled 'Schools Kill Creativity'. We listened to a few minutes of the talk from about 8:40 minutes in, about the hierarchy of education. Sir Ken is hilariously entertaining and I will be listening to the rest of the talk as soon as the kids turn the telly behind me off. Certainly this morning, we all laughed to the point of tears, so entertaining was his expression and so true were his words.
Sir Ken offers good reason for encouraging children to pursue subjects they love, rather than plodding through classes they hate in order to do a job they couldn't care less about. I want my children to be fulfilled by the careers they choose and to enjoy their time at work. I wish someone had encouraged me to follow this path. Who knows what I might have done had I been encouraged to pursue things I was passionate about. Heaven knows I'm not that passionate about typing LOL.
Gillian's story had me in tears. Hers is a story to make us think about who our children really are, rather than seeing them through the lens of education and what society tells them they should be.
If you want to listen to Sir Ken Robinson's talk, you will find it here. Make sure you have no liquid in your mouth and that you have tissues nearby.