School, confidence and fitting in

School started a couple of weeks ago.

And some teachers are already starting telling kids about next year! There are 9 more months left to go. No rush.

We start hearing things such as…

She doesn’t write inside the lines. He is not working quick enough. She is too quiet. He is too loud. She should work harder. He should be sure of himself.

Gosh, they are only 4, 5 or 6 years old. How does this help self-confidence?

It’s not why they are going to shcool – to learn. Or I missed something and now they should go to school knowing everything. And school is just there to check that they know.

I learnt that teachers are starting writing notes to get appointment with parents. To explain what? That their kids don’t fit in. Fit in what? Average boxes?

When I was a kid I hated the fact that school wanted all children to be the same. Differences were not a positive thing. In 30 years nothing changed. It’s even worse. Kids are already pointed at, 4 weeks after the start of school. Teachers have a program, so no time for the ones who don’t go fast enough.

Whatever they will tell me, I know my kid, I chose my side.

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9 thoughts on “School, confidence and fitting in

  1. All children have their own pace of learning, which should be respected. Rushing them only creates confusion in their minds. I hope teachers take care of these facts and parents too understand this.

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    1. Latmospherique

      I love “outside the line” Kim. Isn’t what make people interesting?
      It looks like our teachers are more concerned by results than teaching. I can only hope it’ll change!

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  2. I think it can depend on the school and the staff. I am lucky in that the school my youngest goes to is really good, they focus alot on the ones that perhaps aren’t achieving as much as they should and do seem to realise that all kids are different x

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    1. I think so Foz. I imagine school priorities are not the same from one country to another.
      Looks like Mister Pop’s teacher does not want to lose time looking after kids that don’t fit in her schedule. Will see how it goes…
      xoxo

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