Does boarding school scar children for life?

by 21stcenturymummy on February 12, 2010

An interesting article on yesterday, on ‘Whether boarding school scars children for life?’, talked about how people who did go to boarding school often feel that they were affected long-term. And speaking from experience, I think it definitely can have an adverse effect.

According to the article, around 90,000 children attend boarding school in the UK, and, for most, it remains a mark of privilege – boarding school fees cost between £16,000 and £25,000 a year.

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In the news: Delay formal lessons 'to age six'

by 21stcenturymummy on October 16, 2009

An article on today says “Children should not start formal learning until they are six, a review of primary education in England says.

Instead the kind of play-based learning featured in nurseries and reception classes should go on for another year, the Cambridge Primary Review says. There is no evidence that an early introduction to formal learning has any benefit, the review says, but there are suggestions it can do some harm…”

The full article is here

I have always believed four is too young to start a formal curriculum at school, and to go full time. I personally think delaying the start of school until they are six would be a fantastic idea (even five would better than the current age). It will put us in line with the most of Europe. My daughter goes to nursery two days a week, they do follow a curriculum but it is based around play. They paint, count, read and she loves it. I absolutely think it should continue until she’s older.

Oh, and I also don’t want to be away from her for five days a week :)

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