Protecting Childhood. Fighting for age-appropriate education and happy healthy childhood


PROTECTING CHILDHOOD

Our mission is to advocate for happy and healthy childhoods where learning is child-centred, age-appropriate, activity-based and fun. Education should meet the holistic development of each child, free from standardised testing and ranking.

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WHY ARE WE PROTECTING CHILDHOOD?


Children are being pushed into formal learning before they are ready. This early push is counter-productive to healthy development. International PISA results and research shows that children do not need to be formally schooled until six years of age. All top performing jurisdictions in the international PISA tests for 15 year olds, commence their children in formal education at an average of 6½ years of age.


State governments are driving some curricula (written by over-zealous teams) which are not age-appropriate. Curricula are so full, and in may cases not age-appropriate, such that children and teachers are being unfairly distressed. Teachers are very effectively bound and gagged by employee code of conduct and are fearful of retribution if they do speak out.


The emotional, social and physical needs of children are being minimised in the name of attaining better numeracy and literacy assessment scores starting with children as young as 4½ - THEY ARE TOO YOUNG TO FAIL!


The long term damage that this approach is having is harming their self-worth and their attitude to learning. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT CHILDREN FEEL SAFE AND CAPABLE, AND 'LOVE' EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY.


  1. Some parents are recognising the distress that their children are displaying and withdrawing them in order to:

  2. BulletFind an alternative school that isn't focussed on constant testing but on the happiness, health and learning needs of children, or

  3. Homeschool


  1. Some teachers are distressed because there is an unrealistic “top-down” push for legislated outcomes which are not age-appropriate.


  1. Some experienced teachers who love teaching, are leaving the profession because they can no longer deal with the bureaucratic expectations


  1. Some teachers are silenced and/or threatened by “authorities” if they speak out.


Children need a happy joyful childhood. Young children need to play. That is how they learn. Politicians and educrats who support and drive unrealistic early outcomes, which threatens children’s happiness and love of learning, need to be made accountable for the damage they are doing to this generation of children.


Teaching is the greatest of social arts - not a science to be driven by standardised tests and the collection of (very dubious) data which is then used as funding formulae.


CHILDHOOD SHOULD BE A PRECIOUS AND JOYFUL TIME OF LIFE


PROTECT CHILDHOOD

We support The United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child , which states:

  1. Protecting Childhood logoAll organisations concerned with children should work towards what is best for each child (Article 3)

  2. iweb analyticsEducation should develop each child’s personality and talents to the full (Article 29)

  3. BulletChildren should have the right to relax, play and to join in a wide range of leisure activities (Article 31)

  4. BulletChildren should be protected from any activities that could harm their development (Article 36)

Kathy Margolis: A MESSAGE TO TEACHERS AND PARENTS


  1. Bullet“Teachers I will continue to be your voice for as long as you wish me to.”

  2. Bullet“Parents, I will continue to be the voice for your children as long as you need me to be.”

  3. Bullet“I may have quit teaching but I haven’t quit caring.”

  4. Bullet“We need the politicians and policy-makers to listen. It’s time!”


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