Education must not simply teach work – it must teach Life.

W. E. B. Du Bois

I have always believed that the purpose of school is to produce young people who have experienced a broad and balanced curriculum which has prepared them to enter the real world and become useful citizens.

Education should never be limited by what might be on the test, or restricted to just what the curriculum-writers decided to include. Education is about more than just what is statutory. Education should fill children with awe and confidence and wonder and curiosity, but too often education produces children who have been turned off learning and would rather live in ignorance.

Maybe that is what we can gain from this interlude in formal education. Maybe while our children are at home and learning alongside us, we can bring back some of that curiosity and wonder, and when they return to school maybe they’ll be ready to access their broad and balanced curriculum.

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