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Children start school too early in life

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  • SerenaBlaue@aol.com
    http://comment.independent.co.uk/letters/article356000.ece Children start school too early in life Sir: The education consultant Sue Palmer confirms what
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 12, 2006

      http://comment.independent.co.uk/letters/article356000.ece

      Children start school too early in life

      Sir: The education consultant Sue Palmer confirms what holistic educators have been saying for years, that children can't be expected to learn to read and write unless they can first speak and listen ("How art of conversation between parents and children has died", 3 April).

      There are many reasons for this, but a major one is the Government's reduction by stealth of the school starting age, meaning that children as young as four are having far less time to develop the requisite foundational skills before they are haplessly forced into developmentally inappropriate formal learning.

      Until sanity is injected into the system, with children starting formal schooling at six to seven (routine in Steiner education and much of continental Europe), this malaise in child behaviour and learning will continue , no matter how many desperate "initiatives" our clueless politicians throw at the problem.

      DR RICHARD HOUSE

      RESEARCH CENTRE FOR THERAPEUTIC EDUCATION ROEHAMPTON UNIVERSITY LONDON SW15

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