PS I know, this is supposed to be at the end, but just read over my post and though i should put it here as a warning smile
These are MY opinions, and the ranting of a teacher who has had a BAD week at school!
God forbid my son learning to read the captions...that's what we use when there's something on we don't want him to hear!!! Or when he and his little brother are making too much noise for us to listen to the TV.
You are right, there is too much pressure on kids to do everything earlier. As a Prep teacher, i've often said that the kids are great, it's their parents who cause all the trouble! They put so much pressure on their children, and cause more stress than necessary. A couple of parents have yelled at their little ones for 'looking at the pictures' in their take-home readers instead of reading the words. What the [email protected]
do they think the pictures are for!!! Why are illustrators paid so much if kids aren't supposed to look at the pictures to help them read?!!
I really wish parents would spend time singing and dancing with their kids, paying ball games and board games, teaching them the more valuable lessons in life, like, "You can't win everytime", and "Everybody is good at something different". Kids need to learn about sharing, taking turns, encouraging others and celebrating when somebody else wins, to be more focused on the fun of the actual game, rather than the outrcome of it.
Kids are becomming more insular, less caring, and definatley more 'full-of-themselves'. They don't understand that they can make mistakes without the world ending, and that they jusy may not be the best at everything. Basically, i teach 28 children with parents who think their sh!t doesn't stink!!! "My son wouldn't do that!" says the mother who's kid bullied 4 younger kids in the playground. "I want a meeting with you! Please explain why he had to stay in" says the father whose kid had a lunchtime detension for not completing homework 4 weeks in a row, a project, and for generally being a brat!!
"Wow, they can communicate with me and tell me when they're hungry". Big deal, focus on the things that WILL make a difference in your childs life.