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PISA preschool tests to be introduced another stupid government idea #PISAoff

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 ;

5 Comments

  • Lydia C. Lee

    There’s a book called Beautiful Failures which is about the negative, very seriously damaging effect all these tests are having on our kids. I am not so against tests however, in our country, we keep having these tests, get all worked up at underperforming internationally but the Government keeps cutting funding to already underfunded schools. So work that one out. If you are going to jump in on the testing and not be happy with the results, put some money into the schools so they can afford to raise the standard (and pay the teacher better) #FortheloveofBLOG

    • admin

      Yes I agree with this the money and be spent so much better else where ! Like you say pay teachers better they may want to put more into the job and may encourage more people to be teachers x

  • The Pramshed

    I’m not sure about this, it all feels too early to be test setting our children, and on an iPad too, what happened to good old fashioned paper. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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