Posted by Peter on 2nd August 2007

News: Children should start school later.

The Professional Association of Teachers (PAT) have called for children to start school at the age of 6 or 7 rather than 4, which is the current situation. They argue that school deprives them of free, indirected play, which leaves them at a disadvantage when faced with the difficulties of the real world.

Deborah Lawson former PAT Chair stated, “Play allows children to have fun – so important – learn to socialise, make friends and share, express feelings, make choices, negotiate and problem solve.”

Again the comparison with Europe is made, where children begin school at a much later age.

There seems to be an undercurrent of feeling that our children are getting too much school: start at a later age and have shorter terms – why not? But I feel this throws a burden on parents that some are not prepared to accept. For those parents who do care, their children would certainly be better off with more time away from school.

The Guardian

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