Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Tests On Two Year Olds - FFS!
For Fark's Sake!
I appreciate that exams and tests are important, both in terms of indicating a person's (adults as well as children take exams) ability/understanding and as a motivational tool for study.
However, there is such a thing as overdoing them and also a danger of the results being misused.
I am therefore far from gemused to read that Professor Rescorla from the USA has come up with a language test for parents to administer on their kids, in order to check the speaking skills of children under the age of two.
The professor has a checklist of 310 basic words (eg "daddy", "mummy" and "bye bye"), which parents could use to determine whether they are at risk of language-related difficulties.
Identifying "late talkers" early could allow parents (or Nanny) to intervene at an early age with language coaching and other methods.
This is all very nice in theory. However, a sensible parent will already be cognisant of their child's speaking skills (or lack thereof); idiotic parents won't care, and won't be arsed to check anyway.
So where does that leave this idea?
I suspect that the next step will Nanny (USA or UK Nanny) taking it up, and using it for "family interventions".
It makes one wonder how for the last 100,000 years or so the human race has ever managed to talk to each other.
This will all end in tears, mark my words.
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