Parents Cross The Finish Line

The sudden need to isolate school children from the virus battlefield has left the majority of parents shell shocked after just two weeks.

Being a school teacher is an acquired skill. Ideally they have a degree in the subject area they are going to teach. This unfortunately is not always there case, many teachers especially in primary school are required to teach mathematics without any formal qualifications in the subject. Teaching training is geared towards class behaviour – how to control a class of 30+ children.

Switch this to ‘unqualified’ parents with couple of days notice and it fair to say most have found schooling Jack and Jill at home has been a nightmare. Children have also been predominately let down by teachers who have never handled distant learning over the internet. Tempers have frayed, children and parents have fought. Ill prepared lessons have floundered, children and parents have torn hair out trying to grasp the question, trying to comprehend a subject area with no background knowledge.

And now the Easter holidays. Never has a finish line been so warmly crossed. The kids are still locked down at home but this is a massive improvement over trying to get kids to complete schoolwork. Time now to repair relationships, mend that hole punched in the wall after the maths lesson had asked the kids to calculate pi to 40 significant figures. The smashed light fitting after being asked to design a device for getting stones out of horses hooves in technology and the window smashed after being told develop apparatus to turn iron in to gold in the science lesson.

Alistair Owens

The meandering thoughts of someone with too much time on his hands. Tending to see the obscure and irrelevant in most events I have been forced to record this by family members as a means of diverting attention away from them. But I see their plan.

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