I HOPE YOU DO LIKE GOOD EDUCATION ...... for your CHILDREN
especially!! And for you older ones ..... for your GAND-CHILDREN.
GOING BACK in my life....... I was as a young one [5-11 years] a VERY poor reader. The teachers in the Church of England school I attended, liked to have a book and one by one us kids had to start reading a few sentences or a paragraph out loud; there was 40 of us in a class. I used to dread and hate that class reading. When it got to a few kids before me, I would try and guess what I would be reading, and go over it. Most of the time my guessing was correct, if it had not been I knew I would be in deep trouble, and very embarrassed.
We had no teacher or anyone who would help students like me, after hours help.
My Dad was working a night shift [12 hour shift] so I hardly ever saw him; he would work often 7 days a week for 9 months straight. For whatever reason my Mom did not help me, well I don't think she knew, I certainly never told her I was a terrible reader. There was just no one back in the early 1950s at least in the Church of England school system that helped bad out-loud readers like me.
Then in Britain they had this terrible education system [now been abolished for decades glad to say] that at age 11 you took this National exam; they were going to weed the sheep from the goats. If you passed you went on to schools that were the stepping stone to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
The HUGE crazy mistake was the exam was not based upon any real "school work" you'd done up to age 11; it was based upon "IQ" - silly questions that to me never made sense, were illogical, and just darn STUPID!
I failed the exam.
So "ordinary" school it was for me.
Britain finally wised up after I left for Canada at age 18. They came to realize some kids are "late bloomers." I was one of them, for after the age of 12 was when I mushroomed in every aspect of education, including reading out-loud.
Then about 10 years ago when teaching guitar full time for a Music School here in Calgary; one young lady student I had age 17, came in one day for her lesson, very upset. I asked her if she cared to tell me what was bothering her. Oh she said, "I have to have this French magazine assignment done in a few days."
"So what do you mean magazine," I asked.
"It is 16 pages long in French; and I have never taken French."
"Well what on earth are you doing so now," I enquired.
"Oh, I did not want to. They are MAKING me take one semester of French."
I WAS DUMFOUNDED! I COULD NOT BELIEVE SUCH WOULD BE THE CASE.
When she finished that semester she came for her guitar lesson with one large smile on her face, and the first words she said to me was...."WOW YIPEE, I NEVER HAVE TO TAKE FRENCH AGAIN IN MY LIFE."
SO CANADA IS AN OFFICIAL "BI-LINGUAL" COUNTRY - ENGLISH AND FRENCH, everything you buy, the label has to be in BOTH English and French. We are "official" bi-lingual BUT IN THE WEST NO ONE USES FRENCH, FROM THE CANADIAN PRAIRIES TO THE WEST COAST, NO ONE USES FRENCH!! ANY PERSON FROM QUEBEC COMING TO THE WEST HAD BETTER LEARN ENGLISH MIGHTY FAST, BECAUSE THAT IS ALL WE SPEAK IN STORES AND WORK PLACES. ETC....ENGLISH.
THEN, about 6 years ago I had a 14 year old girl come to me for guitar lessons. I will never forget her name....NATASHA. She came for her lesson, mind a million miles away.
"Natasha....would you like to tell me what's on your mind?"
"I'm in trouble with 'math' at school. My parents bring in twice a week this math tutor to help me get through this math. If I fail it, I fail my grade."
Then she went on to give me some "math."
"Wow, hold-up Natasha.....you have left me in the dust; I have no clue what you are talking about. This is rocket-science math. Do they not know you can not all work for Nasa."
AT AGE 14, THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WAS TRYING TO GIVE THEM ROCKET-SCIENCE MATH......WOWWWW......I'D NEVER HEARD OF THE STUFF; IT WAS LIKE FROM ANOTHER PLANET!
Depending where you are, you may also have nightmare stories you could tell about "education" for school kids.
A MOVIE THAT CAME OUT IN 2012 CALLED "WON'T BACK DOWN" - A TRUE LIFE MOVIE, IS ALL TO DO WITH SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN.
WON'T BACK DOWN stars Maggie Gyllenhall Viola Davis and Holly Hunter.
IT IS A MOVIE I RECOMMEND ALL FAMILIES SEE.
MAKE SURE YOUR CHILDREN ARE GETTING THE BEST EDUCATION THEY CAN, FROM TEACHERS WHO REALLY DO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR CHILD'S EDUCATION.