The Government should stop intervening in early education

Calling for a re-assessment of early years’ education policies with the health and well-being of our children in mind.

The Government should stop intervening in early education, letter from key players working in early years education, The Telegraph, 11 September 2013.

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The problem with education? Children aren’t feral enough

George Monbiot takes 10-year old Londoners to Wales and discovers that a week in the countryside is worth three months in the classroom.

Is the current education system failing our children by depriving them of nature?  “We foster and reward a narrow set of skills […] Confined to the classroom, stuffed with rules and facts, dragooned into endless tests: there could scarcely be a better formula for ensuring that they become bored and disaffected.”

The problem with education?  Children aren’t feral enough, George Monbiot, The Guardian, 7 October 2013

Too many assessments, far too soon for schoolchildren

Wendy Ellyatt , Founding Director of the Save Childhood Movement speaks out against the pressure placed on children to perform and meet standards at too young an age; “There is nothing wrong with seeking high educational standards and accountability, but there is surely something very wrong indeed if this comes at the cost of natural development, creativity, diversity and child well-being”.

Too many assessments, far too soon for schoolchildren, Wendy Ellyatt, The Telegraph, 12 September 2013.

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Too Much Too Soon: Early Learning and the Erosion of Childhood