Foster care involves a huge commitment to supporting children to fulfill their potential at school. This can be one of the biggest challenges a foster carer faces. Children who come into care have all too often been deprived of attention and interest. This means at school they are having to play catch-up with their more fortunate peers. And for those whose experiences have been the most damaging in terms of abuse and neglect, healing and recovery are the priority. But even when healed, an education system awaits that an increasing number are now calling into question. And this does not involve the minutiae of competing theories, rather, a much more fundamental realization that the most important first principle may have been overlooked. It’s not as if there haven’t been enough clues along the way. And for a long time. Some foster carers might be aware of the writings of the renowned educationalist Sir Ken Robinson. His passion and campaigning zeal were for an education system that enabled children to find their true creative selves. He could see that when education was reduced to a box-ticking exercise prioritizing exam success at any cost, children who did not fit such a model would be excluded. This continues meaning a large number are caught within a system that not only fails to meet their needs but actively ‘turns them off’ the whole idea of education. Robinson also went as far as to posit our troubled and ‘industrial’ education system might actually be killing creativity.
Foster fresh thinking.
Naomi Fisher is a clinical psychologist and author who one suspects would be an enthusiastic supporter of the ideas of Sir Ken Robinson. In talking about her own experiences of education, she makes the point that fairly late on in the process, she chose to study clinical psychology over anatomy and biochemistry. It proved to be something of an epiphany. In her words, “it was the first time in my entire educational career that I was learning something which I loved.” Before this happened, Fisher says that all her focus had been “on external validation, rather than on my own motivation.” In these few lines, we have the answer to what education needs to have as its primary goal and be facilitating. And to quote the famous Beatle lyric: “All you need is love.” Is it really that simple? I would argue it is. Think of any famous individual representing any walk of life perhaps the Arts, Sciences, Music, and Sport – or any other form of human endeavour – they all talk about their love of subject or activity. And as frequently they will recount the haphazard or circuitous route taken to find it. It’s as if the system actually militates against this outcome. Being driven, as it so clearly is, by exams and grades. This is not to say these do not have their place but a comparison with outcomes in countries like Finland suggests the timing is awry. Children, there are given much more time to play and explore facilitating an altogether different kind of learning.
The pandemic has led to a major reset in the way we approach and organize different aspects of our lives. New ways of working have emerged and ‘lockdown culture’ has affected both our attitudes to consumerism as well as how we go about it. Radical changes have been wrought across society. Our collective experience might well be bringing about a reappraisal of how we live our lives and what matters most. However altered, working life will still be the way most of us spend our time. The education system prepares us for this so its first principle should be guiding everyone to discover their true passion. This might be one of the STEM subjects, but for some, it could equally be dance, music, or sculpture. Why does this matter? Because we can discover our true selves through loving what we do. And we all have a talent for something! Visit – https://childdevelopmentinfo.com/child-activities/4-ways-to-spot-and-nurture-talent-in-your-child/#gs.hgxns5
Want to foster? Rainbow has plenty of career opportunities.
Call 0330 311 2845 to speak with one of our highly professional and friendly recruitment team members. They’ll explain you could if you have a spare room and plenty of commitment, be earning between £1.5 – £3k every month. And potentially more if you train to be a therapeutic foster carer. Training is free and the gateway to a professional career as a foster carer.
#London #Birmingham #Manchester #Hampshire are the areas we currently have opportunities in.
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Covid restrictions are always under review. Please check for the latest government advice and guidance in order to keep you and all members of your fostering household safe – https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus An interesting blog on another foster care topic – http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-and-the-importance-of-supporting-kinship-carers-1/