UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
Article 29 (goals of education)
Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
Article 31 (leisure, play and culture)
Every child has the right to relax, play and join in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.
Or are we in danger of following the Dolores Umbridge school of education in 'The Order of the Phoenix'? She states her lessons are there 'to get you through your examinations which is what school is all about." Her school, when she becomes the Headteacher shortly afterwards, seems to be based on fear, bullying and edicts which are routinely hammered into the wall by the caretaker. Scroll through previous blogs and you'll find a wonderful end to those edicts which I've already featured involving the Weasley twins and more magic-HURRAH!!
I guess it's easy for me to say as I'm not a head teacher at present but I think as a teacher, think as somebody who went into education bright eyed and bushy tailed in order to help make things happen for children, in order to make learning open doors to endless possibilities, in order to explore and imagine all they could BE and go on to DO IT I want to still try to make a CHANGE.
If I could I'd learn a spell to protect our children from the dark political mark because education is so much more than circling NOUNS. But when are we going to make it so much MORE than that for our children once more.