This is a subject I have such strong feeling towards, testing our children is it really needed. Do we really need to introduce the PISA preschool tests ? Why can children not just be children anymore. In education we are too obsessed with where they are in regards to “norms”.
Parents are sending children to an educational setting from a younger age . Children are being observed and monitored from such an early age now. Us as Early years educators have such a stressful job . Also we have the added pressure of making sure children are “ school ready “.
Children in other countries don’t have to start formal education until they are the age of 7 so why are we pushing our children so much ? In fact those countries that children don’t start formal education until later on are actually performing higher academically than us.
So the government has come up with another stupid idea that we should introduce another test to our children. The thing that annoys me the most is that they want to introduce testing for children that are 5 Years of age!! Have they not noticed the increased in children’s stress levels over the years with children taking their SATS. We are ;