i guess the thing for me is that there are a lot of burnt out kids out here in england, where they start out at 4 in full-time school, and by the time they are 8 or 9, their peers in europe who started at 7 have surpassed them. the 9 year olds i know here seem totally exhausted, there's so much pressure for them to do extra-curricular stuff + homework, there isn't any time to play, and from what i've seen in my very small sampling, they quickly forget how to. doesn't seem so great to me i have several close people who are teachers here and they are appalled at the emphasis on testing...sound familiar?
It's definitely a push to get the kids "ready" for the grade 4 testing to keep test scores up...and readying some of those for the bigger machine of consumerism. My don't I sound positive!!
I just wonder, if the kids had a say, if they could look into the crystal ball of how the next 12 years of their lives will play out, what would they choose? What will be important, time to learn at their own pace, romp and cloud-gaze at 11:00 in the morning, or more and more and more pressure and expectation and conformance? A human doing or a human being?