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The education system is destroying the self confidence of young school goers

A lot of people think that teachers have it sweet because they get lots of holidays – but I honestly think they deserve MORE!

Yikes these men and women deserve a medal, not just for putting up with dozens of snotty, cranky, cheeky, shitty, farty kids, but for their dedication to teaching.

Each week I parent help in my daughter’s prep classroom – not just to spy on her but to be involved in her schooling.

I was completely shocked at what these 4.5 to 6 years are having to do during their second term at school.


Yeah yeah I know it’s to make sure the whole country is at the same level blah blah blah bloody blah.

I seriously believe the ridiculously high standards kids have to meet will have a detrimental effect on the self esteem of many.

For example, after just one term my daughter is expected to read a book, a level 2 or 3. This is because kids have a list of sight words they must memorise and lots of these books have SOME of these sights words in.

Every week they get six or so new words and at the end of the week they are tested on them, and if they don’t remember them, NO STAR STAMP!


Talk about devastation for a vulnerable child who is desperate to please her teacher and parents.

If parents don’t sit their kids down and drum these words into them, then their children won’t pass the dozens tests they’re given each term.

They’ll be left behind, feel that they’re not as smart as the others and even begin to feel deflated and not want to go to school.

Thankfully my daughter seems to be okay and getting it – but lots aren’t – I’ve seen them in class struggling and it breaks my heart.

Her first school photo - cute right?

Her first school photo – cute right?

Precious preppies head to school eager, ready to learn and have fun with new friends.

But what they’re expected to do is quite frankly, unreasonable.

Most teachers and teachers aides I have spoken to have said there is no such thing as Prep anymore, Prep is now basically Grade 1 – and I believe it.

They have expressed their angst and frustration at what they have to teach kids in their FIRST year at school.

Today my daughter’s class is being on assessed on retelling a story – simple right???


They have to retell the story, draw some pictures and then WRITE A SENTENCE to describe each picture – WTF

If you’re a mum with young kids, you will know this is not something that comes easily to most 4.5 – 5.5-year-olds.

I’m furious at how much pressure these kids are under.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe in the school system, but not when it puts so much pressure on young ones to know how to read in just a few months.

Or when it makes a child of average/normal intellect feel they are inadequate or thick.

I have seen kids in my daughter’s class just struggling to stay attentive for nearly two hours with no break.

Half of the kids can’t do the task, lots can but then again I’ve seen the top of the class struggle also.

Image source utscpulse.blogspot.com

Image source utscpulse.blogspot.com

Why can’t they send kids outside to play more, to run around the classroom just for five minutes.

I bet teachers YEARN to do this with this young preppies, and some do, but then I’m sure there’s a part of them worrying they have to get 24 kids to write a sentence the next day.

The sad thing is, it’s only going to get harder for kids, and I’m sad to say I believe this approach is going to bite the education system on the bum.

After five or six years of schooling, some will be so far behind or disengaged they’ll lose interest.

I’m so disenchanted with the unrealistic expectations that I no longer stress out about homework. I won’t let her fall behind, but after seeing what they do in her classroom all day I let her just chill out when she gets home.

As for teachers, they do it tough.

If you can spare just an hour once a week they would be SO grateful, it would also give you valuable insight into the workings of your child’s classroom.

You’ll also get to find out who has nits, what kids did on the weekend and your child will ADORE having you take an interest!

Do you parent help? Do you think the government makes it too hard for teachers of young kids to achieve their targets? Am I over-reacting?

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Why sending a child to school is hard for a control freak!

My ‘baby’ is starting school on Tuesday and I’m a little freaked but a little pumped.

She is 100 per cent pumped and not even a fraction bit freaked – and that makes me so happy.

My gorgeous girl at about 4 months.

My gorgeous girl at about 4 months.

Here at  just 18 months

Here at just 18 months

This week I devoted two full days to spend just with her (no little ‘bothers’ around to cramp her style) and she wanted to do the theme parks.

So we did – THEM ALL!!!!!!!

I gotta tell you I’m a tad over them now, the queues, the sun, the noise, the expensive ice creams ($4) – give me the beach any day.

Eat your heart out Pammy!

Eat your heart out Pammy!

I love these guys, especially the penguins

I love these guys, especially the penguins

But she had a ball and was finally allowed to get her hair braided, she has been asking me about this for months and I’ve always said no.

Well today she got her wish and she was so happy.

I wonder if she’ll be allowed to have it at school – public? (anyone know?)

She sat patiently for the 10/15 minutes it took.

She sat patiently for the 10/15 minutes it took.

After I took this I got told to stop taking photos, and she's right, sometimes it's best to just enjoy the moment

After I took this I got told to stop taking photos, and she’s right, sometimes it’s best to just enjoy the moment

I don’t think the reality of school has fully dawned upon me yet.

I won’t have my big girl around to help me, or spontaneously ask for ‘a lift up cuddle’ and I won’t get to hear her cute voice during the day!

As for my fears about school, like most, they are that she won’t make friends, she’ll feel scared, lonely and overwhelmed.

But I just hope I’ve done enough to help her navigate her way through it all confidently.

Me with my favourite girl in the whole wide world!

Me with my favourite girl in the whole wide world!

You know what though I don’t think I have too much too worry about, she is pretty confident, clever and gutsy.

There’s an awesome adventure playground quite high up at Sea World and she had no fear going up and running across high rope bridges.

I know many of my friends wouldn’t dare do what she did – she must get her love of adrenalin and non-fear of heights from me!

She has such a brave, caring and gorgeous soul.

She has such a brave, caring and gorgeous soul.

This is not for the faint hearted!

This is not for the faint hearted!

And I know I’ll cry on the day, but there is no way I will cry in front of her – I will be cheery, excited and supportive.

I will also have the Husband there for moral support and he’s not a crier which is helpful, but also bloody annoying.

But that’s not to say I won’t bawl my eyes out in the car and then wonder all day how she is, if she could open her lunch, find the toilets, or had to sit by herself at lunch time 😦

I get a lump in my throat thinking about it.

Learning to let go is something I’m not great at anyway, but to have to let go of a part of me, well it’s gonna be tough!

Super excited in her school uniform!!

Super excited in her school uniform!!

Wish me luck peeps and to all those in similar situations I do the same for you.

For those old hags (hands) out there what is the one thing I should NOT forget to tell my daughter about school.

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