Mrs England and the pleasures of learning

Sunday 21 October 2012

I chat with Mrs England, who is involved with XYZ pre-school. She has twins aged 9 (a boy and a girl), and a son aged 4. She reckons that there is too much pressure and competition in primary schools nowadays. I concur, telling her about the relative lack of pressure when I was at primary school, and other ways in which primary education used to be different. I also tell her that, when I am at the Old Man’s house near Acacia Primary, I never see children in tears when they arrive for school, or looking reluctant to set foot on the premises. On the contrary, most of them seem eager to get through the entrance-gates — though of course “I don’t see what happens in the classroom.”

[Original posting 21 October 2013]

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2 Responses to Mrs England and the pleasures of learning

  1. I’m sure there is more pressure on primary school children now than there was when I was at school. It’s good to know that the children at Acacia Primary seem quite eager to get to school on the whole – perhaps they are not under quite as much pressure as we as adults think they are or are just coping better with it than we might give them credit for.

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    • BLEKE says:

      Sorry about the delay in approving your comment — I’ve just got back from ten days away.
      Mrs England assured me that there was no homework when she was at primary school. A generation earlier, when I was at Metroland Primary, there was no homework until Year 6 (as we now call it), and even then only with parental approval. Homework for four-year-olds? — the idea would have seemed absurd.
      Now to catch up with lots of blogposts!

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