How Schools Should Teach Children

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Academic Writing Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people believe that pre-schools and kindergartens should start teaching children basic subjects such as maths, writing even computers. Others think that these schools should mainly focus on activities such as games, painting, music, and play.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Learning to let go
Sound ideas for teaching toddlers—but they still start school too young Mar 31st 2011 | from the print edition
[pic]Don’t sweat the small stuff
DAME CLARE TICKELL struck a blow for common sense this week. On March 30th the head of Action for Children, a charity, set out the conclusions of a review she led, at the government’s behest, of the rules governing early-years education. Dame Clare wants to cut to 17 the over-prescriptive list of 69 skills that nursery staff and childminders must impart to their charges before they toddle off to school. She hints that more stress should be placed at this tender age on language and social skills than on reading and writing. Paperwork should be reduced to a minimum, and parents more involved. All that is uncontroversial, you might think. Under the previous Labour government, the state intruded ever further into the lives of youngsters. The schools inspectorate, Ofsted, was given power to inspect not only nurseries but even childminders, who typically care for a baby and a couple of toddlers in their own homes. The national curriculum was extended to cover three-year-olds, and Ofsted judged harshly those who failed to take a register twice a day (even though it would be immediately obvious if one of three children were missing), or did not complete a risk-assessment form every time they went to play in the park. New and laborious rules governing all this...
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