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How To Get Ahead

Lesson One:

Get out of bed

It’s the first step

To getting ahead.


Do what you love.

Don’t feel restricted.

Remember that

Life isn’t prescriptive.


Follow your passion;

Politics, fashion,

If you like it practice art

Life’s about being smart;

Not what grades you get

In English and Maths.

It’s not the only thing.

Don’t forget the rest.

(Though when you do have a test

You must do your best

Your marks can’t be traded

Once you’ve been graded.

You can do it again,

But re-sits are a pain).


Have some nous;

Know when to roar,

When to be the mouse.

Be like the bird.

Learn how to be heard.

Use simple words.

Be honest.

Be true.

Just be you.


When you fall

(Which you will

I did. I do),

Rise up higher

Push on through.

You’ll never know yourself

Until you do.

Lesson One

I read a fantastic post by Maddy at the Writing Bubble this week on the education system and SAT testing for 6 year olds.

It’s got me thinking about education and my sons and what I want for them (not thick test papers at 6 years old, for the record).

I want them to do well in life.

What does that mean to me, “doing well in life”?

It means that they’re happy.

That they’re productive, doing things they enjoy.

That they spend their time with people they love who love them back, be it family or friends.

Education alone won’t set them up to achieve all these things but I would counter that they could learn a lot through play. So while they’re young, at primary school, definitely when they’re six, that’s what I want them to be doing. Playing and learning through that play.

What are your thoughts on SAT testing in primary schools? And what are the key messages that you hope to pass on to your children?

Worryingly, this opens as Lesson One. So there may be more to come boys!


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  1. Getting out of bed is a big deal when you’re freelance. Thank goodness i have children to kick start my day. Lol.

    • thebrightnessofthesedays thebrightnessofthesedays

      Yes, I had a 4am kick start to my day yesterday! Fantastic! x

  2. Fab poem and, as you know, I’m totally with you on learning through play and what success is. Thanks so much for the mention! (the link in your tweet didn’t work btw so I didn’t RT but have tweeted separately) x

    • thebrightnessofthesedays thebrightnessofthesedays

      Thank you. *technical glitch!* Wish I was more tech-savvy!! I loved your follow up post yesterday, was reading as I had to get off the train so didn’t get a chance to comment! x

  3. Great poem and I love what you say too. Following our passions is so important! I love that I now have the opportunity to do that 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

    • thebrightnessofthesedays thebrightnessofthesedays

      Thanks Emma, yes definitely! Xx

  4. Get Out of Bed and Just be YOU! Loved the poem. Yes, learning through play is very important. To me, I would rather my children enjoy learning, rather than to worry too much about passing or the grade at that age. #bloggerclubuk

    • thebrightnessofthesedays thebrightnessofthesedays

      Absolutely. There’s so much pressure as they get older, when it actually matters, I want them to enjoy – and learn – by just playing and being kids while they’re little. Thanks for reading xx

  5. There certainly is more to learning than grades. I don’t know about SAT testing in primary schools. I know they can be helpful to identify who needs more help & who could use more of a challenge but I don’t think there’s any point stressing over them. I agree that being successful in life has a lot to do with being happy & doing what you enjoy. Thanks so much for joining us for #bloggerclubuk, hope you will be back again tomorrow! x

    • thebrightnessofthesedays thebrightnessofthesedays

      I know, there must be some merits to it, I assume (?!), but it just seems to me to be such an unnecessary format when they’re young. Poor little mites. Thanks for hosting #bloggerclubUK! xx

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