It’s something I often here parents mention: “When I ask my kids about what they learned in school today I always get the same answer: Nothing…”
It’s most definitely not about the kids not learning anything in school but more like not wanting to be bothered anymore. So maybe mix it up and ask different questions. Just like the ones above 😉
Interesting, don’t you think?
Seems like an old record. Listening to the older generation telling us how much better or harder or simply how different life was back in the old days. Right? We all hear it. It almost seems like it’s part of growing up being told that life was harder, things were better and so on.
I often shook my head when my parents or my grandparents started talking about the good old days. When I listened to what I labeled “the saga of ancient history” just to stir them up a little bit. You gotta stir a little bit…
I’m not sure if it’s the age or if it’s about being a parent as well now that trigger the same kind of thinking in me now.
Do you remember the time you were sick as a kid? I do. I remember that it was of course not fun. I remember that staying home and not being able to go to school and see your friends felt awful. I remember waiting for my friend to come over after school to drop off homework. And I remember the disappointment because my Mom did not let her come see me. I also remember feeling much better but still not being allowed to go back to school. I remember my Mom saying something about recovering properly in order to not spread whatever I was suffering from. Something that seemed so totally normal back then.
“A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stomp on it and really mess it up but to not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty it was.
She then told them to tell it that they’re sorry and to try to fix the paper. When the kids thought they were done, she pointed out all the scars they’ve left behind. Those scars would never go away, no matter how hard they would try to fix it. It’s the same with bullying. Even though you might say that you are sorry, you might not be able to fix all the scars you’ve caused. Some of them might stay forever.”
I will just put it out there right now. In the very beginning. I don’t like articles like this one. Simply because it screams being judgmental. It’s one thing to have your opinion. It’s another thing to judge and only focus on the studies which support your way of thinking. When I saw this reply to the post, I immediately felt better. I felt better because someone was able to put in polite words what I was thinking. I actually admire her for how controlled and spot on her reply is. I’m glad this reply comes from someone with a legit background. Someone who really knows what she’s talking about.
This is still one of my most favorite TED Talks. I love to listen to this again and again. There is so much to it and Sir Ken Robinson simply nails it. Please watch and pay good attention. I don’t want to add anything to this. But I would like to point out some of the things Sir Ken Robinson says:
Being a homeschooling mom I am constantly around my kids. Day in, day out. Sometimes it is like a walk in the park and sometimes it is hard work. Kind of like a normal job. You have your good days and your bad days. Even during the hard days I truly enjoy having them around. It is not their company that makes it hard, it is keeping them entertained after they are done with their lesson. It is tricky to not just park them in front of the TV or a device but rather have them do something that makes sense. I have mentioned before in my post that our kids do a lot of after school activities with other kids. And that kind of helps of course. Still there are a few hours to fill, which seem long on certain days. So how keep them entertained and keep them doing something they get something out of? Kids, homeschooling and TV, apparently a common mix. And a mix a lot of people have an opinion about…
For which ever reason my previous post about Bullying got reblogged yesterday and provoked some additional thoughts in me. When writing the last one I did not mention that I was bullied as well as a child. But then I guess it was kind of more innocent than what goes on nowadays.
I was really looking forward to Mary’s first guest post on my blog. Homeschooling our kids means only seeing one side of the coin of course, as we are the parents who decided to home-school but have been to school ourselves. Mary, on the other side, used to be home-schooled. We had a short little conversation about it and she mentioned back then that she feels like homeschooling lets a child develop their inner self (Mary, I hope I understood it right!).
So I was excited to hear her side of the story, was eager to find out how she felt about being home-schooled. Hear more about it. Of course I was hoping for her to tell me, that it was the best ever and that she would not want it to be any other way.
Her post was different than what I hoped for. Not in a bad way. In a really good way actually as she mentioned something which was always so important to us: Although our kids are different, I don’t want them to feel different!