Bits of interest - January 2018

This is the first of a regular series of posts highlighting current items of interest from the world of education. The plan is to produce similar digests on a monthly basis and hope it will help to keep you informed.

Parental responsibility

Christians in Education have published a thoughtful article on the risks to the right of parents to educate their children as they choose. The article titled Faith Cleansing In Our Schools explores the attacks that have come recently across the educational spectrum on parental responsibility. The article concludes with the statement “When it comes to education, the Bible doesn’t talk about rights, it talks about responsibility. Parents alone are responsible for educating their children, so it is for parents to choose how they do so and with whom they partner in the process.” (Deuteronomy 6: 6-7)  
See: http://christiansineducation.co.uk/faith-cleansing-in-our-schools/

ParentPower

ParentPower is a newly formed organisation and describe themselves as follows:
“We are a group of concerned parents and educators, who have become increasingly concerned with education policies that are adversely affecting the development, safety and wellbeing of our young people. In particular, we are currently concerned by particular forms of RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) being implemented in schools, which under Government policy are in the process of being made mandatory. This includes, for instance, the promotion of the Government’s ‘British Values’ / LGBT agenda and sex education programmes, which many parents feel are inappropriate and are unacceptably sexualizing children, normalizing promiscuity and risky behaviours that inevitably expose young people to a variety of health problems, ranging from unwanted pregnancy to contraction of life-changing (and even life-threatening) STIs.

We believe that the primary responsibility for the education of children rests with their parents, who have the right and duty to ensure that their child is educated in line with their own beliefs and values, including their religious faith. Parents entrust children to teachers to be taught in a way that they, the parents, regard as being in the best interests of their children. These rights are recognised and protected by international law, but are now increasingly under threat by Government policy.”

The ParentPower website is certainly worth a look and many of the issues that are being raised are those that are of concern to Christian parents. See: http://parentpower.family/

Sleep matters

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views from the academic and research communities and delivered direct to the public. They’ve recently published an article Giving children regular bedtimes stops them getting ‘jet lag’

Influences in the early years of a person’s life have a profound effect on how they fare later on. Thousands of research papers – many of them using the rich data in the British Birth Cohort studies – have shown that children who get a poor start in life are much more likely to experience difficulties as adults; whether that’s to do with poor health, or their ability to enjoy work and family life.

Ensuring that children get enough sleep is one of a number of ways to get them off to the best possible start in life. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that toddlers should get roughly 11 to 14 hours of sleep every day. For children aged three to five years, the recommendation is ten to 13 hours, or nine to 11 hours for children once they’re at primary school.

Perhaps today, bedtime routines become more challenging with busy lives and the competition from hand held devices (a challenge for us each).

Sleep is a gift from God – how much do we value it? (Psalm 4:8; Psalm 127:2)

The article can be found at: https://theconversation.com/giving-children-regular-bedtimes-stops-them-getting-jet-lag-88178#link_time=1512050684

Finally

If you have any items that you feel would be of interest to supporters of CViE and/or an example of the Lord’s appearing in your concerns over your children’s education, then feel free to share them with us at enquiries@cvie.org.uk (All contributions will be non-attributable).