Let the professionals set the work, the parents teach in a way that's familiar but keep the children focussed whilst learning life skills
Tell us about your idea
I started by looking at the question as a whole, I carried out some primary research and this helped decide which Idea Starter to continue with. The research presented a mix of challenges and as a result, my solution fits best with Idea Starter #4.
Breaking down current at-home learning situations, I found that the main scenarios are either parents working from home themselves whilst trying to home school or parents currently furloughed and home-schooling. I thought about how this can be made fair for both situations as it is fair to say parents home-schooling and trying to work from home would be struggling.
It was the question of what do we really need our children to be learning that needed answering. How could we introduce some more practical skills that can be utilised at home? What better time to do this whilst actually learning from home.
I spent some time looking at the current curriculum and thought about which 'home skill' could mirror which 'school subject'. My solution focusses on leaving it to the educators to set the work and the parents to interpret and teach in a way that is familiar to them. The difficulty of the work will depend on the age of the child, but this will be up to the teacher to work out.
Children can learn maths whilst helping parents cook dinner (this does not take any extra time out of a parent’s day) for example:
A recipe for lasagne (parents can interpret the dish) serves 8, but we only need this for 6 (use percentages and ratios). Out of the 6 portions, only 40% are eaten- How much is eaten? (The difficulty of the question will depend on the child's age)
DT and Art can be learnt by helping parents with jobs around the house, again this will be set by the teacher but up to the parents to interpret. Examples can include, hanging up picture frames, changing a lightbulb and putting furniture together.
The benefits of this reimagined education system are:
-Parents will have more time to focus on working from home by introducing learning into jobs they would already carry out
-It adds some fun into the curriculum as children are currently bored at home not being able to see their friends.
-Children are able to learn useful life skills for the future.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I am a graduate product design student with a keen interest in design thinking and research. I was meant to be starting a new design role in April but due to COVID the company were unable to take me on. I am currently furloughed from a previous role and filling my time with different design challenges. I love sharing my ideas and really enjoyed this challenge as I do not have much experience designing for the education sector. My passion is problem-solving within my work, I wanted to utilise my research skills to help with the tough situation we are all facing at this time.