Coping with test-driven education in early years

In this ‘Maggie moment’ Australian parenting author, educator and resilience specialist Maggie Dent shares her tips for helping young children cope with the ‘push down’ of formal education into early years. In the western world, we have made the early years of learning far more academic and test-driven. Children today are expected to do so much more at ages 4 and 5 than children in previous generations. What impact does this have on children who aren’t ready for that? Maggie addresses how we can work within this system to support our kids who are struggling with the push down.

For more information and resources on this topic, please visit Maggie’s common concerns page on school readiness and learning issues (NB For a comprehensive look at her views, make sure you read her submission to government “Stop Stealing Childhood” on this page)

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