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Discussion in 'Education news' started by ejclibrarian, Mar 15, 2016.
Somebody's obviously rediscovered their book on Froebel.
For those of you unfamiliar with his work, he said, "Give me a child until he is 7 and I will give you the man."
The Jesuits said 'give use the child from birth till 7 and then you can do what you wish with him'
They also recognise the importance of early years and the need of enriched activities. Now they wan tthen to be reading, writing and knows high levels of maths instead.
Strange how many of us never went to school till 7 in the old days and we didn.t suffer.Nowadays they want the children in school at 3.
That's fine for the ones who are ready for it and today some children are. However many boys mature much later and all children can only benefit from more play. They're a long time grown up.
It's not about the amount of play, in my opinion, but having a less rigid, structured curriculum and environment. Outside the classroom (i.e. at home) it is easier to read for pleasure and discover the world, whilst feeling safe and loved with the family. This is what really matters until 7. The school day and environment, with teachers struggling to give attention to 30 children at once, is often tiring and frustrating for small children. It is best left for after the age of 7, when children need more formal, structured content.
If children are being mistreated at home then that is a job for social services, not school.
If parents need to work then there should be more subsidised childcare options, or subsidies for parents to stay home and raise their own children (money would be saved from school system).
Probably not surprising a company that makes all its money from selling bricks to children to play with, would say this.
But to be fair, the Danes (all Scandinavians) do run their schools this way, with kids starting at age 7 and doing what we would call half days. Loads and loads of after school clubs (this means afternoon school to us) and fresh air.
To me there is no doubt schools are used as day centres in the UK and it is deemed easier to cage kids and submit them to bookwork as play based and 'fresh air' teaching needs so many resources and teachers.
Simply put, the Scandinavians value kids and build a society for them. We do not, never have.
I didn't start school until I was 8 and before that I was at home or at my family's store helping my mum. It was wonderful. She always made sure that we had fun, engaging activities and she read to us a lot. I think that it did my sister and I a lot of good. Now I have a degree and a professional qualification so it clearly didn't do me any harm on the academic front!
A child can be in a good school nursery or Reception class and still be learning through play but putting out play equipment with defined 'learning objectives' as teachers are required to do now is not really play. I did an Education degree specialising in Early Years in the early 80s and Early Years was defined as 3 to 8. I'm a dinosaur completely out of date now though.