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Protecting Childhood. Fighting against age-inappropriate educational expectations


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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  1. BulletAll learning to be play-based up to six years of age - regardless of the learning setting - to support the learning and development of happy and healthy children

  2. Children should not start formal (non play-based) learning until six years of age to facilitate the growth of happy and healthily children

  3. There be no standardised testing of children (either individually or collectively) for public exposure in early childhood or the primary years . They are too young to fail. They are too young to distress.

  4. iweb analyticsThere be no set formal homework in the early years (up to eight years of age)

  5. BulletThere be no standardised testing which is used to “pass or fail” children and or teachers. Distressed children and teachers leads to unhappy and unhealthy learning environments

  6. BulletNo national testing (eg NAPLAN).  Federal government's should not additionally fund states and states should not additionally fund schools on de-humanised data-collection. Education is a right. Appropriate funding is needed for all institutions

  7. BulletEducation curriculum and pedagogy be directed and administered by experienced educators. Politicians should not be driving educational outcomes based on testing data. Government should fund schools but not direct curriculum or assessment.

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

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

  2. BulletEducation 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)

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