The house that education built and why its no place for a child with dyslexia or ADHD to call home…..
I decide to build a new house to live in. So I invite 3 architects to submit their designs to me to enable me to make a decision. I tell them how many rooms, kitchen, bathrooms etc I want and I tell them that I want a beautiful house to live in. Everything else is up to them. Shape, design, plans, materials….. everything.
The first architect submits a design and plan that is frankly functional and accurate to the Nth degree but it is not a beautiful house that I would want to live in.
The second architect submits a design that is a lot more engaging but still there is no warmth or vision as to how the house will work. However there is plenty of detail and the plans are accurate and comprehensive.
The last architect just submits one drawing. The house is beautiful and inspiring. But there is a lack of detail and I am not sure that it all works?
So what do I do? I do what every logical person would do.
I take the third architect’s ideas but I get the second architect to draw up the plans and submit them to Planning. I need the skills of both and I recognise the skills of both. Both in their own way are equally valuable.
So I read that the new primary school tests will, in many people’s opinions not least those of the British Dyslexia Association, discriminate against dyslexic kids. Why? Because they will measure spelling accuracy rather than composition content.
And depressingly, from the results of those tests the children will get labelled and placed in secondary schools accordingly.
Who came up with that strategy?
Do we value accuracy above creativity? Is that the message that we want to send to all our primary school children? The content is important but better still, learn an answer.
I don’t understand that logic. No great business, sports team or enterprise was one or the other. They are always a mix.
Accuracy and creativity. We can’t tell our children that one is better than the other.