Posted: 14/03/2013 at 22:04
Children with attentive, caring, relatively educated parents will do well virtually anywhere. Unfortunately, children don't start with a level playing field and the education system has to try to meet the needs of all of them.
Tina, I'm enjoying reading your responses. I was told that stuff about not teaching your child to read, teach 'em to tie their shoelaces. I didn't teach him to read. Unfortunately, since other mothers had taught their children to read, he was at a disadvantage for several years.He was underachieving and, as one teacher so tactfully told me, 'only average.'
In secondary school I did not sit down and revise for his exams with him, but let him find his level. The result - he did worse that the children whose mothers knew all the answers to the exam questions because they had coached their children for the exams. In short, I was a sucker. I disadvantaged my child.
That 'only average' child went to both Oxford and Cambridge but he still can't spell properly. So what should I really have done?