Can you believe it? Little Shane (4) is having his pre- school tests for K placement (Tweed South Public School). We are to attend an interview to discuss his “report”. Er I won’t be going. I asked the teacher how such ‘tests’ could be valid at such a young age. She said it was policy to do the tests!
So, kindy students are to have an additional testing regime as well as the Best Start Assessment that is already carried out on school entry (“Kindergarten test to replace $55m reading program”, September 22.). Welcome to school, kids: 13 years of assessments to go.
Clare Moore Blacktown
How can the government get it so wrong? Children do not need to read in kindergarten; they need to PLAY.
The neural pathways needed to learn to read at a suitable age are developed through MOVEMENT! This is common knowledge. Get children moving and exploring their environment and they will achieve better in school.
Haven’t they read the the statistics from Finland?
Wake up and do the right thing for our children.
Lalage Craig Normanhurst