Monday, June 22, 2009

No, thank you

The other day, as Linnea was eating her supper, I said "Your friends who are in school - they are all five, like you."


"The other children who are five are all learning to read and write, at school."

"I don't want to do that."

"OK. Let me know if you want to."

Her cousin in Sweden is also learning to read and write, because she is seven.


la glitz said...

Random link: Tentative research shows a gender gap in learning skills demonstrated by children in conventional education at the age of five. I thought you might be interested, particularly that The "experimental" results show that only a fraction of five-year-olds achieved all the early learning goals or consistently worked beyond them.

la glitz said...

Should possibly have explained the link further: thought you might be interested in a) possible failure of conventional teaching and testing at the age of five b) possible gendering of conventional teaching and testing c) possible conclusion that learning milestones measured at the age of five reflect little more than the society children live in, rather than their own personal development.

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