The results of pressurising young children.

Please watch for updates. I am now working with a person whose previous employment was as a marketing director so he will guide me as most efficient way forward regarding the dissemination of information etc.

 If you want to see a clear example of what policies not to implement for our young children look no further than the UK system. When a quarter of children aged between 4 and 6 say they are “stressed out”, and the proportion rises to just over half of children under 16, it is getting just too much. 

Children who should have no thoughts in their heads but how to skip, kick a football and splash poster paint around are cracking up. Evidence of the increasing incidence of children’s mental ill health is reaching mountainous proportions: self-harm, attention deficit disorder, depression and obsessive behaviour have all increased sharply among children in recent years. 

A recent survey, conducted by a market research company, TNS, was not saying anything we had not already heard plenty of times before. We have stressed-out seven-year-olds. Why? Because of politicians’ obsession with exams, league tables and rote learning and their intervention is creating a nation of stressed infants. 

Instead of learning a broad range of skills through natural play, children were being rigidly drilled. Instead of them receiving an education that enables them to be creative and self-confident, they are feeling that they are failures at the tender age of seven. 

We may be in control of them at seven but they grow up into teenagers and adults who in many ways have been damaged for life. The cost of these misguided and inflexible policies will eventually be enormous in terms of human wastage and cost to society. Why won’t administrators/politicians examine systems in countries whose students outperform UK?

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