Saturday, September 01, 2007
Nanny's much vaunted priority of "Educashun, Educashun, Educashun" appears to have hit the buffers.
Taxpayers have forked out over £21BN since 1997, on Nanny's early years education overhaul.
Nanny has failed to improve development levels of children entering primary school, according to research published last week.
A six-year study of 35,000 children by academics at Durham University found that children's development and skills, as they enter primary school, are no different than they were in 2000.
Since coming to orifice, Nanny introduced the early childhood curriculum, expanded the Sure Start programme, introduced free nursery education for all three-year-olds, passed the Children's Act 2004 and brought in the Every Child Matters Initiative.
There are some 1,325 Sure Start Children's Centres, and the Government wants to increase this to 2,500 by 2008.
Dr Christine Merrell, who led the Durham research, said her results suggested the Government's initiatives were not working.
"One would have expected that the major
Government programmes would have resulted
in some measurable changes in our sample
of almost 35,000 children".
Pre primary school, I had a morning or two in nursery school (with my toy rabbit, Merrythought, who still is around today). However, the majority of my pre primary teaching re manners, reading and other matters (eg how to dress myself and interact with others) was performed by my parents.
That's what parents are there for isn't it?
It is not the state's role to take over from the parents...PERIOD!