Friday, 18 September 2015

Remembering the deceased in Curriculum for Excellence

Primary school children were left in floods of tears after being told to draw a picture of a dead loved one in a lesson about grief.

Angry parents of the class of nine and 10-year-olds have hit out at the way the subject was taught after a number of the youngsters were left with tears streaming down their faces.

The children, pupils at Camdean Primary School in Rosyth, Fife, were also shown a video of other children talking about deaths in their family - but parents were not told the class was even happening.

Adrian Marshall, 43, dad to ten-year-old Ryan, said this method of teaching could lead to many pupils being left with "dark memories".

The inventory systems advisor from Dunfermline said: "My son came home and told me that a load of children had been crying in class after being shown a really sensitive video.

"They were asked to draw a deceased loved one.

"When I complained and met with the teachers, I was told it was all part of Curriculum for Excellence...

."What I take issue with is that there were no letters sent out to us seeking our permission for the class to go ahead or to ask us if we would like to attend to comfort our kids...

But they also said that, as part of Curriculum for Excellence, children were to be taught emotional skills in addition to more traditional subjects

Where once Scotland had an education system to be proud of, we have this:

Work education from age 3

Sex education from age 5

Emotional skills

Resilience training

Parenting classes

Death education

And let us not forget the Named Person and their SHANARRI wellbeing indicators.

It is no surprise that standards are falling.

Angela Constance

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