What are we measuring against?

The other evening, we did a family quiz – the second one in a week and already a pattern is forming.

My husband and two of our girls, Meg and Sian, answer all the questions while the rest of us begin to feel increasingly more stupid.

And then I realised. This is just like our current education system… set up to reward a particular kind of intelligence; one where you remember lots of random facts and can regurgitate them at a moment’s notice. 

But what about the rest of us? I’ve no idea what the capital of Tanzania is or how many sonnets Shakespeare wrote, but I’ve set up two really successful business and coached some extraordinary leaders. Our daughter Emmi can write and perform a song that will touch the deepest part of your soul, Mimi can drum like a young Ringo Star and Lara is unbelievably entrepreneurial. No wonder so many kids are left feeling like they don’t quite measure up.  I am so bored of this. We are better than this. We need to sort it.

In the meantime, I have set up the Creative Challenge in our house and for once am looking forward to Sat evenings!

By Elke Edwards, Ivy House
15th April 2020


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