Last week there was an article in the Telegraph, suggesting that schools should open Saturdays, and increase their hours. For example, they should be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30p.m at night. You can read the article,http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/9014704/Summer-holidays-could-be-reduced-says-Michael-Gove.html
One quote that stuck out from the article, was this: ''Nothing matters more than the quality of the time a child spends interacting with a gifted adult.''
Hmm, teachers are gifted adults, and nothing mattters more? I agree, there are many gifted teachers out there, but, you don't need a degree to teach. What is most important, is a love of learning, a love for the children you are teaching, and a little patience! One thing that home educators do extremely well, on the most part. Yes, there are bad examples, but so are there bad teachers.
Having addressed that main point, the thing that disturbs me most about what Michael Gove is saying, is that ''nothing matters more.'' It is hardly encouraging parent child relationships, is it? If a child spends 10 hours away from home, and just maybe 2 hours in the evening (if that! ) with their family.
The relationship we have with our family lasts a lifetime, and school is for just 12 years or so of a person's life. For me, it is just another reason for home educating!!