I have long held the belief that there needs to be a major overhaul of the curriculum with regards to Primary teaching, especially when you consider the reports that children as young as 6 have been suffering from stress due to the pressure placed upon them http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35940084
I fail to understand why there has not been a greater outcry about this and the long-term effects that this is having on children. I noted that there were various reports last week claiming that under-35s are currently suffering from greater amounts of anxiety and stress in comparison to previous generations, is this a long-term symptom of our target-driven education system?
I would prefer to see the UK adopt an approach similar to that of Finland http://bigthink.com/design-for-good/the ... t-subjects
and a shift towards learning about one's community and the world around them, as well as learning more about self-wellness and a greater focus on introducing foreign language learning from a younger age. An acquaintance of mine informed me that his granddaughter had recently commenced Spanish lessons at a local nursery in Brighton http://www.hopscotch.uk.com/our-nurseri ... k-brighton
and that this had been of great benefit to her and she is now incredibly enthusiastic with regards to further improving her knowledge of the language. However, should this not be available to all young children, regardless of where they attend nursery/primary school?
If we are able to ensure that learning is something fun for children and not something that causes immense stress and anxiety, then this will bode much better for the future and ensure that we are giving young people the very best start in life.