Why demanding excellence is the dumbest thing in the world: what happens when an over cooked education system backfires?

In the world of education, as in life, the expectation that anyone can be at the top of their game on a daily basis is a common fallacy that inevitably backfires, leading to nervous breakdowns and success inhibiting stress that I have known only too well.  I myself am guilty of reaching for the stars…

Extra curricular activities

In a week where Helorgi, the sexy babysitters finally, tearfully, gave notice, and at school, the head, deputy head and Jonah’s class teacher quit in a North Korean- style coup, you can forgive me for going into minor meltdown about managing to manage stuff – work, education, the kids’ future. All of these things hung in…

You don’t know what you got till it’s …come back. Learning to appreciate the here and now.

Sometimes, it takes losing something to really value what you have. Take Jonah’s head teacher, Melissa, who published her leaving letter just moments after I wrote her a note complaining about homework for infants. Calm, quirky in a good way, unobtrusive authority without a cult of personality marked her leadership. Now on sick leave, the…