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.
WHO THE HELL ARE THE IDIOTS IN CHARGE OF THIS NATIONAL CURRICULUM?
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.
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.
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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