Ah, yes. Today is the first day of my period. I am tired, my thighs and shins feels like the muscles within them have been replaced with led. The Block woke up at 4.47 in the greatest mood, the mood was ace, the time was not. I asked him to fetch himself some breakfast, he did and ate it in my bedroom on the floor as he didn’t want to sit on his own. Husband is on camp and The Bean told me that he would stab me in the leg with a sword if he had one. When I pointed out it wasn’t nice, he said; ‘Sorry, I won’t do it again!’ AGAIN? How about not doing it?
Tuesday afternoon I had a chat with Blockie’s teacher. He is being disruptive in class and proclaiming that the tasks are boring. Furthermore, he is pronouncing, that he doesn’t need to learn, as he knows it all anyway. He’s a smartass, no one likes a smartass. Also, I mean, he doesn’t know it all. Obvs!
The boy has got so much energy. He can’t sit still. He can’t follow instructions, but he is smart, loving and has got such an amazing imagination. I want him to love to learn, his teacher wants him to love learning, so why doesn’t he? Whenever I look at him and/or the students at our school it makes me think of a TedTalk I watched, Sir Ken Robinson talking about how “schools killing creativity”. Are we? He believes that “our education system is predicated on the idea of academic ability” – which is true. Especially in Asia. Here the tops subjects are Science and Maths because the most prestigious surely must be law, medicine, science or any job really where you earn money. Being rich is being successful, which is prestigious. Ken Robinson talks about how ‘academic ability’ has really come to dominate our view of intelligence because the universities designed the system in their image. This makes me so incredibly sad and not how one measures intelligence, but instead diligence – “If you think of it, the whole system of public education around the world is a protracted process of university entrance. And the consequence is that many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they’re not, because the thing they were good at school wasn’t valued, or was actually stigmatised”. I am currently sitting in a classroom, observing the year 12’s while they are researching universities. They are looking to study the before mentioned, law, science, and medicine. It’s a group of 10. They dedicate so much work to their studies and goals, which comes from where? Themselves? I doubt it! I know that there are some strong parent forces behind their choices.
Blockie wants to be an adventurer. He also wants to be a scientist. He want’s to be so many things. I just want him to be happy and love learning. And I want him to be a child.