Is it wrong, that as a trainee teacher I am reading about home schooling?
It happened by accident, almost, when browsing the local library my eye caught 'free range'; a favourite phrase of mine! It refers to the organic nature of home education, in favour of the factory-intensive quality of formal schooling.
It has made me think about a lot of things; the aim of schools, the point of education, the reasoning behind curricula, the nature of children and my own experiences as a child and as a mother. I have thought, and I am continuing to think about these things; but for now one prevailing thought persists, and it is this...
We have to realise that learning IS a lifelong pursuit; is perhaps THE pursuit of life, however long - and school is just one place where it occurs. Similarly, learning is not the only point of schools. Schools are the front line of child protection and family welfare; and many more things besides...many more things that they are and aren't.
So, as a trainee teacher, should I be reading about other ways to teach children and for children to learn? Yes, I should! Because there is no one right way to teach or to learn; and no one place for children to do it.
I was going to call this; 'thoughts of a lifelong learner', because that's what I am, and education is what I am thinking about right now. But then I realised education is not all I am thinking about; I am often thinking about things (including thinking) and therefore what I really am, is a lifelong thinker.