Friday, September 30, 2011

Too much, too soon?

A letter written to the Telegraph by more than 200 academics, teachers, authors and charity leaders stress that children's wellbeing and mental health is being undermined by modern life.

Aside from completely agreeing with everything said, this particular comment struck home.

“We call on all organisations and individuals concerned about the erosion of childhood to come together to achieve the following: public information campaigns about children’s developmental needs, what constitutes "quality childcare", and the dangers of a consumerist screen-based life-style; the establishment of a genuinely play-based curriculum in nurseries and primary schools up to the age of six, free from the downward pressure of formal learning, tests and targets; community-based initiatives to ensure that children’s outdoor play and connection to nature are encouraged, supported and resourced within every local neighbourhood, and the banning of all forms of marketing directed at children up to at least age seven.”

The article about the letter is here.

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