Parenting Makes Me a Better Teacher



So leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom has been asked to apologise for making the following comment:


Genuinely I feel that being a mum means you have a real stake in the future of our country, a tangible stake.


Well, I am absolutely unapologetic when I say that being a parent has made a very profound impact on the quality of my own teaching.

It makes a big difference when you have your own children to measure decisions against. When I’m faced with a conundrum, I frequently ask myself:


What would I want the teachers of my children to do in such a situation?

Would I be satisfied if my child’s teacher taught the skill in that way?

Would I accept it if my child’s teacher told her to “toughen up” when confronted with what they thought was a minor issue?


These questions are constantly part of my teaching reflection and help motivate me to provide my students with better outcomes and more of my attention.

So if a leadership aspirant wants to use her parenting experiences to get more out of herself and offer others better outcomes, who am I to object?

Not all teachers who are parents are good at what they do and not all childless teachers need children to gain the perspective that I employ, but surely it shouldn’t offend to say that having children has the capacity to give a parent a better understanding about how to look after those who find it difficult to look after themselves.

Don’t apologise Andrea!


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