Monday, November 23, 2009

Striking a balance

image The Council of Education and the AMPA (parent’s association) at San José de Calasanz school are organising extra-curricular activities along the theme “Bigastro, Città Slow” (Bigastro, Slow City).

The pupils who take part will cover topics such as Popular Culture, the Environment, as well as playing outdoor games.

The sessions which will last one and a half hours per week are scheduled for either Tuesdays or Wednesdays between 4:30pm and 6 o’clock.

The price for the partners of the AMPA is 5€ per month and for non partners 7€. Classes begin on 1st December.

It is good that children are getting involved in learning about the Città Slow project which is regarded as being important to the town. Hopefully they will appreciate the need to strike a balance between the pressures of modern life and maintaining the traditions of the past.

Pam recently read an article in one of the English papers which said that current educational policy in England is to replace subject based learning in primary schools with broad topics or themes. It seems that a lot of tradition is to be wiped off the curriculum to be replaced by information about such things as Googling, blogging and social networks. As important and relevant those topics might be, we feel that it is sad that children will miss out on a lot of traditional learning.

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