97 days… and counting…

Raymond made a good point this morning. By which I mean to say, Raymond Barone from Everybody Loves Raymond. He complained about how much homework his kids got. Raymond being Raymond, his primary complaint was with having to help his kids with so much homework, but he did, in the end, step up to the plate (as it were) and express, at a parents and teachers meeting, that he thought that having so much work to do was likely to make the kids lose the joy of learning and left little room for “mere” curiosity… Actually that’s not quite what he said, but it’s kind of what was implied… more or less…

Anyway, my point is…

I am admittedly not yet in a position to be able to judge whether or not children are getting an inordinate amount of homework, and programmes like Everybody Loves Raymond obviously give an American perspective (and being what one might classify as a “light-hearted sitcom,” not necessarily a particularly accurate one), but… there is no doubt that Western society is more goal and target focused these days… and inevitably this has trickled down into education (which, by the way, I have some indirect experience of, having a dad who is, as it were, in the business of educating)… and while we are meeting goals and targets and “fulfilling the curriculum”… where is the curiosity? Where is the exploration and play? In the midst of all the doing… where is the thinking and the wondering?

And I’m not just talking about schools, by the way.

 

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