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  1. November 30, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I agree. This kind of thing should be taught at home. But unfortunately not every parent does it, or teaches in a fair and neutral, factually correct way. Teachers should be teaching academic things, maybe supplemented by themes along the way. We didn’t have PSE or whatever it is. We had the year 7 puberty chat. Nothing at primary. My mum talked us through and gave us a puberty book when we were about 8 at home. In year 10/11 our PE lesson became a rotation across different areas like minor sports, first aid and then ‘sex, drugs, rock and roll’. Yes that really was what they called it. A bit of everything. Now there seems so much more to cover with social media and celebrity fandom, that I don’t know how schools find time to educate. I was lucky. I didn’t get taught self esteem but my mum was matter of fact about everything, I knew what I was good at, I was praised for good things, encouraged when needed. In those days we all admired our parents (mine was widowed and brought 2 kids up alone). It was easier to have good self esteem.

    I’m not specifically teaching N about self esteem. He is pretty confident at the moment of what he can do (in the way a 7yo is). But I make sure hes aware of those around him, his strengths and why others might be better. He’s quite down to earth though so I don’t think he’ll have too many issues. I hope

    • John Adams
      December 4, 2018 / 5:16 am

      Awesome! A teacher’s opinion! And what timing with the chief school inspector saying over the weekend that teachers should be educating children and not parenting them? What an amazing job your mother did, dealing with being a widow and raising kids as well. That must have been very tough.

      Interesting point you raise about not every parent discussing PSHE subjects in a fair, neutral, balanced way. I imagine that can lead to difficulties.

  2. December 21, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    It’s hard to decide what should and shouldn’t be in the curriculum. There are so many subjects that are valuable, but at the same time, kids are graduating from high school (US) without basic reading, grammar and math skills. Daily physical education classes are a thing of the past, and all the while the childhood obesity and diabetes rates are skyrocketing. If nutrition was taught in schools, though, would it be accurate? There are so many differing opinions on that, as 5 minutes on Twitter will show. Etiquette would be a great subject, and relevant as it is a factor in getting ahead in business. From what I read and hear from parents, there seems to be a lot of wasted time in their children’s school day. Perhaps schools should just stick to academic subjects daily, and squeeze in some “extras” from time to time.