Sir Michael: Champion of the disadvantaged or child catcher?

Esse Quam Videri

Imagine an early years system which set out in minute detail what goals young children should be working towards. This system analysed in hundreds of detailed statements what could be expected of children socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually -from birth. Imagine that teachers were expected to intervene in the ‘natural’ development of children to ensure they made progress against all these many stated goals. In fact, in this system the ordinary play of children is not viewed as adequate (p16), it must be thoroughly scrutinised by adults. Their main role is then to step in and improve that play to make it more educational. Imagine that even the ordinary and developmentally normal progress of these children must be assessed regularly. The tiniest progress must be thoroughly recorded by teachers who spend hours with cameras and post- it notes to produce a large assessment dossier on each child – Then imagine…

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1 Response to Sir Michael: Champion of the disadvantaged or child catcher?

  1. Pingback: (Slightly Delayed) Blogs for the Week Ending 6th April 2014 | The Echo Chamber

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