|Image from The Guardian online (link below)|
It's another one of THOSE news stories!
Schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw wants to hit unengaged Mums and Dads in the pocket if they don’t read to their kids or turn up at parents’ evening. - The Wright Stuff
Any one else think this is the wrong track to go down? If you've read my blog before you'll know how much time and effort we put into Jack's homework projects.You all know how we feel about reading to our kids in this family too, and that reading it certainly a really big part of who our Jack is.
Tar all parents with the same brush?
We're a low income family. Some of the White British that are listed in these news stories. And yet Jack is up there, one of the top in his class for literacy and numeracy. We are lucky, the hours that my hubby and I work mean that there is virtually always one of us at home. We can - and do - put those hours in to our kids.
But even though I think some people maybe could do more with their kids, I doubt fining them or cutting Child Benefit will change anything. You are either inclined to spend your free time with your kids, or you're not. Some parents simply do not HAVE the spare time and cannot be there as much as they would like because of work hours. Maybe they should pack in their jobs, live off benefit, and that will teach their kids the importance of education! Oh, wait, hang on.....
What is a "Good" or "Bad" parent?
And am I suddenly a bad parent for not listening to Jack read every night because I am massively pregnant, hot, and exhausted by the time the kids come in from school. I'm liable to fall asleep while he reads to me, so he reads to his dad, or skips a night! (He's top of his class for reading, he can read to him self for an odd evening) Have our "previously established rolls" suddenly reversed? Am I now the bad parent, and hubby the good?
What if I worked full time? 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri. I wouldn't be able to do the school run, attend school events, parents evenings would be incredibly tricky too as the slots are a "first come first served" basis and once the post 5pm slots are taken they're gone. Imagine if we BOTH worked those hours! Would hiring a Nanny and getting them to do the school run, parents evenings, and homework then make ME a good parent? Even though I wasn't doing any of the parenting they are taking into consideration?
Who would do the investigation? The school? A home based version of OFSTED...? Ha, can you imagine an "OFSPAR" (Office for Standards in Parenting) - funded, naturally, by all the fines taken from Failing Parents.
What is to stop a failing school from blaming the parents, instead of looking at their own issues and problems?
Ahh.... Have I just hit the nail on the head? The school produces fun, interesting, interactive homework projects, that don't cost money (unless you want to spend it), and here are we, parent and child, excited and keen to learn. Even though we are low income white Britons.
What the papers say:
Facebook has changed it’s policy for posts to Facebook pages like mine. They are only showing posts to a few likers unless I pay to boost the views. Since I don't earn money from my blog (or at least not much, not even enough to buy one posh a coffee a week) I wont be doing that. The best way to make sure you will see my blog posts is to subscribe by email up there on the right. I usually only email once a week and include an invitation to my blog hop so you can share your posts too.
You can also go to my page, hover over the “liked” button and select get notifications. Then you will see my posts and status updates in your notifications. Mumma Walker on Facebook