Who cares how much book knowledge one has if they are socially and emotionally inept? But that’s an entirely different issue altogether. The most important thing is for children to learn about things they are interested in, in a way that is interesting to them. That is when real learning experiences can take place, and that is the philosophy we should be adopting in early childhood education.
A reason the Finnish system has succeeded is that “only dead fish follow the stream” — a Finnish expression. Finland is going against the tide of the “global education reform movement” – based on core subjects, competition, standardization, test-based accountability, control.
Focusing too much on academic skills may actually inhibit a child’s development – replacing the power of emotions and hands-on activities as a development force.
Finally, Learning Can Be Enjoyable
The eye movements that are necessary for reading are not usually fully developed until the age of seven. Learning how to read before the age of seven is therefore very difficult for many children and they do not see reading as something that is exciting and wonderful.
If you wait until children are seven until they learn to read, almost all children will learn to read with ease and it will be a skill that they love instead of a skill that they dread. There is no long term advantage at all to learning to read at age five.
Think of it: 85 percent of kids needed extra help, parents spent extra money, and parents and kids felt stressed because some adult thought, “Hey, wouldn’t it be swell if we taught these 4-year-olds to write?” without any regard to developmental milestones.
Damages of Starting Early
Parents should not push their children to excel in academic in such a young age. Childhood is priceless and should not be taken from anxious mother.
“But there isn’t any solid evidence that shows that children who are taught to read in kindergarten have any long-term benefit from it,” “If there aren’t advantages to learning to read from the age of five, could there be disadvantages to starting teaching children to read earlier?”
“The first six years of education are not about academic success,” he said. “We don’t measure children at all. It’s about being ready to learn and finding your passion.”How Finland Became The Best?
Competition Will Impede You
Taught Only When Ready
Thinking The Opposite
There is nothing wrong with teaching a young child who is truly ready to read, it is very detrimental to push reading on young children whose brains are just not reading. It is likely to foster a hate of reading in those children because it will be so frustrating trying to learn something they are not ready for, and they will forever associate reading and books with frustration. It can also really damage self-esteem.
Why do we give young children tasks, standards, and environments that are not appropriate to their developmental readiness? Why do we ignore the fact that the parts of their brains needed for these tasks are still under construction? Why do we impose timelines that turn a blind eye to developmental processes and a deaf ear to individual differences?
Education is Not A Race
Your Child is Unique
They Are Not Androids
Our children are not Robots who can be mass produced. There is no such thing as a controlled environment when working with children in a real & human world. Treating every child as if they are an android on the same programmed schedule is to stifle everything in them the very Intelligence we wish to foster. It is to rob them of their courageous & curious spirits.
Why do we figuratively push kids down the stairs on other skill sets, possibly causing harm and certainly creating unnecessary frustration and anxiety?