Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Abolishing child poverty could mean more non-parental child care

February 5, 2011

Reaching ‘across-the-aisle’, the coalition government asked Frank Field – a Labour MP and an FTM AGM speaker – to look at tackling child poverty. Click here for more on his final report.

This – and other coalition thinking on Early Years – seem to recommend making children more ‘school ready’. This often mean smore formal ‘education’, meaning more formal care arrangements for the first three years of a child’s life.

This ignores causes of child poverty such as family breakdown; and few jobs that enable a single wage-earner to support children and the other parent as full-time care-giver.

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School league tables for five-year olds

January 24, 2011

This recent government proposal and the opposition to it might seem tangential to FTM but…

How will schools ‘improve’  their school rating? There will be increased pressure for children to be ‘school ready’  and this, for them,  means following the Early Years Foundation Stage from birth to five years old. This will mean formalising the early years and encouraging the under fives to be in nursery age two, prior to reception class.

This suggests that the coalition government does not value home-based care and family life as the best foundation for the early years. Educational ‘experts’ often believe that formal education for the little ones is the only way forward. They are wrong.

Snow politics and spending time with your children

December 3, 2010

The following was sent to us by a member:

Does anyone else find that snow clearly highlights the differences between us as regards to the value of spending time with children?

Some people want children to go to school come what may,  so as not to miss a single lesson  (how awful that would be to miss a few formal lessons!!!  – they’d probably be sitting on their bottoms on a hard floor being ‘minded’ anyway as the teacher probably hasn’t been able to make it;   yes they might enjoy snowball fights with their mates,  but don’t they have friends in the neighbourhood at home too?).

Others are content to stay at home and enjoy the beautiful conditions (yes it’s a pain after a while,  but how exciting for the children).

Some couples fall out as to who should stay at home and who should struggle to work. Other couples, who have already organised their lives so that one person takes care of the children, can feel happy they don’t have these domestic conflicts!

I have to ‘shut up’  today  (our first snow day) as I clearly don’t have the same views as the majority of the people in my street!!! – eg, comments I have heard:

Why should I be the one who stays at home with the kids?

Why is his job more important than mine?

What do they (the bus companies) expect us to do exactly?

It’s ridiculous to close the school until mid-day!

Moan moan moan…..Off to play snowballs now!

“Imitating men can’t be the way forward for women. That way they are bound to fail.”

March 1, 2010

In this Guardian article, Hilary Mantel – an author – suggests that the age at which women have children is being based on a timetable more suitable for men.