A supporter of the New Free School bid says that one of her reasons for wanting a Steiner education is that she doesn’t want her child under pressure from homework and tests.
I find this a very interesting view. She sounds like a parent who cares a great deal about her children and wants the best for them. She and I have this in common.
However, when it comes to education, to emerge at age 16 or 18 with sufficient qualifications to enable the child to choose from a range of options has surely got to be a priority. Homework and tests are part of this.
Some resentment will be felt by a sixteen year-old who has spent years at school, only to find they do not have the same choices as their friends from other schools.
To limit a child’s options in favour of lifestyle choice does not seem in the best interests of a child. When he or she comes to consider what to do with their life, I wonder if they will look back with regret, as well as perhaps with the fond memories that most of us have of our school days.