In my almost two decades of being in childcare education, I have not come across a child having torn earlobe from participating in physical education in the UK. My aim on this topic is to bring a balance equation from both a professional and parent perspective. Research shows no incident or accidents of pupils wearing earrings or studs has occurred during physical activity or swimming. I will be glad to be proven wrong, and the evidence based on a real ratio. The keyword such as ‘Serious accidents have occurred as a result of contact between pupils wearing earrings or studs’are included in school policies and educational establishments., but none on a real accident that occurred. It bothers me that the same swimming pool the public swims is the same pool our children’s activity takes place. The public is not told to take off their earring before swimming, just a thought. In a nursery school setting, I can understand toddlers pulling other toddlers earring, which can result to torn earlobe. However, a more realistic explanation should be provided as to why children in most UK primary schools are being instructed not to wear stud earring.
Parents are baffled as to why this rule exist and have asked questions on various parenting forums on if a child has being hurt from wearing stud earring. As a parent, I have experienced this too, thou the earring was the tiniest nose stud. I believe it is more unhygienic to keep having the earring taken in and out of the ears due to an infection transferred from day to day hand germs. As a childcare professional I understand rules of risk assessment are put in place to prevent any litigation. However these rules have to be based on common sense, cultural diversity and respect for the choice of parents for their children.
On a particular day, I was on the train going to a meeting in London. A group of primary school children got on the train in Mile End. One of them had a visual impairment and guided by an adult whom I believe is the teacher. Three of the children sat on my left side, and one of them decided to pick the newspaper to read.
To my surprise, the teacher told him to stop reading the paper and to put it down. From his body language/observation, the boy wanted to ask why but said ‘yes Miss’. While I was giving the teacher the cold look of why?; that’s how you make a child display disruptive behaviour, and holding back my tongue. Another adult supervising the children noticed this child putting the paper down but encouraged him to go on reading. The boy said ‘Miss told me to put it down.’ This adult turned to the teacher and asked my thoughtful question, why? Her response, ‘we can not control the content in the newspaper.’ The other adult said, ‘oh’. My thoughts responded, ‘are you kidding me.’ At this time of the morning, 95% of the newspaper in the train carriage is metro. This got me thinking about the political correctness of the education system and wanting to put filters in every area of it. If the children were disruptive with the newspaper, this action by the teacher would be justified. What happened to;
Asking the child, what are you reading?
Having a look at the newspaper before concluding on the action to take.
Directing the child to a more child-friendly page.
Engaging the child in educational discussion linked to the curriculum.
What is happening in education? I seem to be getting more dissolution with manufactured educators and the deteriorating of common sense in education. OR am I wrong?
Starting a business is a brave and wonderful experience as it provides opportunity of creativity and expressiveness. It involves lots and lots of hours input, hard/smart work, thinking in and out of the box, competing with existing competitors and being relevant. The excitement of starting a business is what seem to drive a new SME business. However, when the excitement is over, drive, determination and result kicks in, which keeps the wheels going.
A point comes when the business need to expand and grow. Business growth or expansion can come in different ways, which can be:
Demand and supply
New money injected
However, when a business expands rapidly, too fast too soon, it can be for the positive but if not careful can have a negative result.
Few years back, I worked with company that provided training to the private sector. During this period, the company operated from a modest space and functioned within it’s capacity. After several attempt of trying to win contract within the public sector it finally did. This resulted to a change of space, more staff, man power and resources. This was not to last long because the new expansion was the down fall of the company. As of today the company fail to exist and has debt to pay. I learnt a few lessons from the company:
When business growth is too fast, too soon, it might not be best for the business.
Do not get carried away with the new injected finance and over spend.
Prioritize what is important in your business and spend accordingly.
Do not take on too many additional personnel.
Do not create a new lead position just because.
I enjoyed the article from Juile Hall, Why I Close Down The Women Unlimited Business Club. It’s a good read because it talks about business expansion and knowing to quit or down size when it does not turn out right. As a business person, it can be scary to fail, but I read somewhere that F.A.I.L. is First Attempt In Learning.