I’m currently a home educator. As part of that, I’m using certain media as content for current and global news, citizenship and PSHE (physical, social and health education). On a weekly basis, we’re reading, discussing and writing about 2-3 articles from Positive News. It’s proving to be effective and inspiring.
I’m following the National Curriculum; simply tailoring it around their specific needs, to maintain a broad and in-depth learning experience. At Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14), we’re studying how and where subjects connect and interact with the world. To pursue greater depth with the material, it helps to offer information that informs what is happening right now. Reading across various fields, discovering the progress and ways humans are interacting with climate crisis, needs in the community and collaborations (scientific and creative), provides inspiring study.
We read about various fields of expertise, see the breadth of diversity in the world’s landscape and its people. We talk about people doing great things in places and cultures the mainstream media often may not report on (and misrepresent when they do). It is a wonderful example of journalism at work and gives a clear perspective on local and grass-roots campaigns; not shying from larger movements in social and political arenas – though remaining focussed on solutions. The photography, statistics and art featured often prove useful and interesting to incorporate into art, design, geography and science.
As a member of Positive News, I’m delighted that the content I enjoy reading and often share at the dinner table, is now informing my family as part of their studies. It is a worthwhile tool for positive education.