I watched a video for the first time with Sir Ken Robinson (that guy needs to become Prime Minister), he was speaking at a TED conference and he said “We don’t know what the World will be like in 5 years time.”
Now he was in a room full of creative and intelligent people and they all agreed. So as I am now home-educating four very different children with very different skill sets and with very different learning styles, it has left me wondering how best to approach the future for them.
I went to University aged 30+, and I wasn’t alone. So why the pressure for GCSE’s at age 16. Who truly knows what they want to be at the age of 14? My life goals shifted massively between 14 and 37 years old. I don’t think GCSE’s will exist when my youngest would be old enough in school years, however they will more than likely still be here in 4 years. So do we start planning for them to sit their GCSE’s in 4 years, or concentrate on other skills, that will probably give them a head start in the real world. I came across a photo the other day that really has stuck in my mind. The photo was in an article on the World Economic Forum
These were the skills they said needed in the 21st Century. So my question to myself is how doe GCSE’s prepare children and adults for this? I can see it somewhat in No 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6. Yet after that, I can’t see how they translate in useful skills for our children.
I spend a lot of time researching different approaches, looking at the variety of online sources for children with regards to academic needs. I speaks to a lot of home educators to see how they do it. I know that what they choose may not fit my children, however there is such a wealth of knowledge out there it must be accessible. How do I know what works best if I do not give it a try. I think it will still take us a few months (maybe a lot of months to work out what works for each child.. So I am not giving up. I see what they are learning ad its not all academic skills. And do I feel guilty, yes some days I do, I keep thinking we are not doing enough? However, these are my wobbles not my children’s. They will learn, children seem to have an innate desire to learn if you let them and give them the tools to do so. We will get there but Rome was not built in a day.