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08 February 2009


Mrs Chaucer's Pirate

Speaking as one contemplating bringing little Pirates into the world in the not-too-distant future, I am always interested in matters of education and child-rearing.

I fully agree with all your points, but if you want to make this at all a reality you need to be prepared to answer the question that every single teacher and legislator is going to ask, namely: The curriculum is already full. What do you want us to STOP teaching so we can make space? Or do you want children to spend more hours in school?

The other thing i would add is a foreign language. Childrens' minds are elastic and adapt very easily to new languages. Adults' minds are not, and have great difficulty with new languages. I think formal education in a foreign language should begin as soon as the child is in full-time education.

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