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“Why do kids have to be brilliant at 10 things?”

It’s a month we’re celebrating kids and their futures and I was with dear @fearnecotton today – put the two things together and it made me think of something that’s stuck with me since she said it on #conversationsofinspiration.
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“Why do kids have to be brilliant at 10 things? Grown-ups would never be expected to do that!”
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We spoke so passionately about the shared view, of why kids can’t opt-out of the subjects they definitely not good at. Not all of them, but just a few, allowing them to replace those spaces with things they might be passionate about but aren’t these 10 subjects or so we’re obsessed with.
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We were thinking secondary school and once it’s pretty clear from 11 plus’s or the end of year exams prior to GCSE’s – why can’t they free up time in their schedule. It’s so damaging to keep pushing kids to do subjects they are clearly not good at. Their confidence goes, their peacock feathers they gain in other classes are dulled. Or can you keep up your knowledge, but don’t have to have an exam at the end to prove, what everyone already knew.
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Things have got to change. And it’s funny, since I started all these cobversations about kids and how it will be part of Holly & Co’s future, the amount of people who have come to me, or messaged me or emailed me, or came up to me today – all with the same mission. That something has got to change! I think it’s time? You agree?


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