As I write, GP1 should be well into his PE Standard Grade exam. And I’ve just read a post on Ewan’s blog about the school curriculum. I have one son (GP2, 12) choosing subjects for Standard Grade, another (GP1, 14) choosing subjects for Higher.
I want… the children to study a broad curriculum that they enjoy, that teaches them to learn, to think, to understand, to question, to synthesize, to enjoy learning.
I want… them to carry on with at least some subjects at school which will teach them to appreciate and enjoy the world around them without the pressure of exams… art, PE, music, craft, literature would be a good start.
I want… to be convinced that giving so many subjects up at 12 to do exams at 14 and so have a better chance of good grades at Higher with a 2 year course is a good thing. 2 years for Highers, yes. But condensing the curriculum so much at 12 and then again at 14? Giving up all those “nice” subjects so young?
I want… to appreciate that the subjects they study doesn’t really matter – what matters is the learning to learn etc. After all, I really don’t remember any O Level History or even any A Level Latin.
I want… to believe that exam results don’t really matter. What matters is that they’re happy and well-adjusted human beings.
I want… GP1 to knuckle down to some work before it’s too late and… **@!* all that…
what I really want… regardless of all the above, is that he gets through these exams with good grades so that he can carry on with a good shot at what comes next.
Oh, and I also want to get some work finished without worrying about how the exams are going….