ANOTHER one that has divided us for decades - private schooling versus public schooling - is there a difference?
Where do you stand on the public versus private debate? Why?
SUSIE: We are lucky that we are able to afford private schools and that is how I was brought up, so it seems a 'normal' choice to me. However, I still believe that parents make more of a difference to how a child turns out than the school they go to. Private schools maybe have more extra-curricular activities that students can partake in, but state schools cover the curriculum as well, so if a student has the will they can get good marks at either school.
Would you do anything differently with your children and their schooling?
DEANNE: We chose a primary school for our children that was a little alternative in the way they teach and it has worked well for us. It has been a little challenging for our son now moving on to high school and into mainstream but after a year he is settling in well. I am not sure we would have done anything differently, however we do not agree with many of the ways of the current schooling system works. I would love to see less academic and more subjects that teach about the everyday real life of people. I would love to see the basics of today's subjects taught and then at a younger age, have the children choose what they would like to learn more about depending on their passions. I think once children decide what they want to do, they can specialise in that area and do more of that rather than to go so in depth in every subject as they do now. Research tells us that we learn so much better when we love what we are learning. Children these days are very stressed and have so much on their plates as teenagers, it is no wonder the suicide rate is so high. As our children have grown to love sports, I may have done more research into a school that offered more in that area, but I am not sure I would have changed their school because of that. Sport has made their school journey a lot more enjoyable.
How important is choosing a school and what impact does your choice have on your child's education?
GISELA: I think choosing a school is very important for your children. Fortunately for us we already know what school we want our children to attend, and we are choosing this particular school specifically for its education programs and staff members, both of which we trust and have seen successful results in its students' outcomes.
If you could change one thing about the education system, what would it be and why?
MEL: Bring back all the cool stuff like arts, music and cooking IN A BIG WAY!! The current education system is marching out good little robots that will go off to find work and pay taxes - boring!
What is your stance on homework? How much time do your children spend doing it and do you think this is fair?
KATIE: I'm pretty relaxed on homework. Assignments should be completed and study is important. But mostly I believe in you only get out what you put in. If you don't do homework you get in trouble at school. If you need help, I'm always happy to help.
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