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Wealthy children more than a year ahead when they start school

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

  2. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

  3. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    You beat me to it M!
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  4. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    The big problem is that the kids with all the advantages get to learn fast and well, and that catching up is unrealistic. No-one would expect me to beat Usain Bolt in a sprint if he was given a head start. If I did, people would start to wonder what had slowed Usain down.
    Yes we should be working as hard as we can for the disadvantaged kids - most schools already try as hard as they can. They need to have an appropriate curriculum that allows them to progress and find some success.
  5. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    I blame the nanny who provides good food, interesting toys, interaction 24x7 and companionship.
  6. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Spot on. I've long ranted about the notion of "catch up".
  7. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    Or "Narrowing the gap".

    Seems that teachers are supposed to compensate for all of this but there is only so much you can do.
  8. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    Does there actually need to be a "race" of any sort - especially at the younger ages - under 16 say? Of course the middle classes love the racing - their kids just win and win and win, even if the race is pretty pointless except to lord it over the oiks.

    It is very limited if you insist on running everyone in the races. There is a lot more that can be done if the education system allowed disadvantage kids to retrace the footsteps - sort of - of middle class children - giving them some self esteem and a willingness to engage. By 16 many of them WILL have caught up - rather than have been ground down even further by ancient educational practices and rituals.

    The only way to do this is to BAN THE RACES for under 16s, not stupidly insist on having them, at least not until post 16. Let the middle classes and the boring old farts protest to the telegraph - it's time to make education democratic and individually tailored. This is possible, but you have to throw away the centuries old mindset of what "education" should be.
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