I woke this morning and switched on the radio, which is permanently tuned to Radio Four. The news centred on SATs and the mess the government has created around testing young children who are trying to have a childhood. I applaud the stance of many parents of six-year-olds who boycotted the tests yesterday, which showed a great sense of love and care for their children. Much was said, but it was the underlying thread that upset me and is the
Over the last few years I have formed an impression of university education, which perhaps differs from what the majority of people in our country have. Most of what I refer to in this blog is gleaned from the numerous newspaper articles that I have read in the last few years, so this is not a first hand exposition.
When young people win a place at university, they are inclined to develop their mind-set to behave in a way that
It’s staring us all in the face – children are being changed and damaged considerably, by a multitude of dangers in the modern world. In today’s Times newspaper there are endless references to children and mental health issues, most of which miss the point and fail miserably to even attempt to address the underlying reasons!
Young children cannot discern and therefore seek fun, self-gratification, pleasure and an easy life and dominate parents. In a materialistic world is that perhaps what parents
As a daily reader of the world news, and in particular those items which apply to childhood and education, my passions, I rarely find articles about the declining standards of family life in this country, the decline in moral values and the way in which the world is holding children to ransom. In 2009 I wrote a paper entitled, ‘England, a land where children bring up their parents’! I had an inordinate number of responses to that paper and I
What is it about modern young people that make me so concerned for their future? Why do I see the entire western world dropping into a rapid moral decline? Why do I feel real pain when I hear about so many young people leading a life full of despair, anxiousness, and worry about the future, who seem trapped in a one way street with almost no way out? What is it in our society that has created a situation where
Human beings are physical, thinking and spiritual beings. Their phenomenal make-up is an inspiring and beautiful thing to behold. The physical body needs to be kept in tip-top condition throughout the life of the human being, and be able to withstand the many challenges that a materialistic world throws at it.
The brain also needs support, in this fast-changing world. Throughout our lives there are a vast number of ‘darts’, aimed darts, coming towards us that test both our humanity and
There are a number of different activities that form part of the education within my school.
Days out are organised throughout the school, corresponding to the main lesson at the time, including visits to the theatre, museums, London galleries and local places of interest. These trips are designed not only to educate but also to create group harmony, self-reliance and an appreciation for the environment.
There is an out-of-school gym club, swim school and orchestra. The school also offers winter and summer
Once upon a modern time, I was visited in my study by a very caring mother, who told me that she wished her teenage children to come to Acorn. We spoke for over an hour, and I picked up that she had lost control of her two children through their over-indulgence in the Internet and an addiction to their flashy mobile telephones. No matter how I encouraged her, she did not have the courage to challenge her children over the
Should children be denied truth and fantasy?
It is New Year’s Day and I am sitting in my study at school with time to spare, ready to conjure up my next article on children, when I was snapped into reality by a gentle chime on my computer, indicating that another ‘unstoppable’ email has entered my peaceful, child-centred world!
Nothing could have been done to stop this new ‘invader’ into my life from reaching me, dancing high above the clouds, over mountains and
The Acorn School has been eagerly awaiting the results of our undergraduates as they receive their final grades. All the students that graduated in 2012 have obtained a FIRST!
In this, the school has indeed exceeded all its aims, but we must not become complacent about such wonderful results. It should never be a competition about who has the highest marks, but it does show that this small school is on course in every way, and is achieving outstanding university success.