According to the report, there is absolutely no point in teaching children to read, write and calculate earlier and earlier, let alone learn foreign languages. This only results in more children disliking learning very early and quickly giving up on it in their later schooling. Moreover: “When children start to feel that they can fail in school at the age of four or five, it becomes almost impossible to motivate them.”
According to the report, pushing forward pressure to learn on children leads to pervasive developmental disorders. This is a term in psychiatry that includes autistic disorders, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder and Asperger’s syndrome.
Anti-social, raised kids
The report claims that 11-year-olds, for example, have never been so anti-social. “And that’s not because of computer games, watching TV or other modern ‘temptations’, but because they are forced into a competitive model by their parents from too young an age, especially when it comes to their school performance.”
The way many parents deal with their children’s education in 2009 is described by the authors of the report as “Stalinist” and “Victorian”. More than ever, parents also expect their children’s school performance to be in line with the social standing they ascribe to themselves. Which in most cases leads to over-stressing children.
The report argues in favor of “moving away from a system that increasingly revolves around scoring well on tests and getting high marks”, certainly in the early school years. According to the authors, more attention should be paid to history, music and being creative. (pl)