Eclectic Curiosity

Never Too Young?

Posted on October 23rd, 2005, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Such ridiculously stupid pressure to specialize children far, far too early: in the UK, five-year-olds to be given careers advice!

What the hell did Mozart ever do that was so great? The U.K.’s Associate Parliamentary Skills Group and National Skills Forum are ensuring that British children don’t go getting any crazy ideas. In a soon to be released report, the influential forum argues that children should be getting career advice from the age of four.

Perhaps even better at stilling childhood activity than Ritalin, the cross-party group says, in the words of one Labour MP, “for too many children, a future as a fairy princess or a pop star is the only dream they have.” Instead, the group would like to see primary schools steering students down a more staid path, like towards becoming “a doctor or a scientist.”

While some feel no harm could be done in trying, John Coe of the U.K.’s National Association of Primary Education believes premature dream-crushing might be confusing and detrimental to a child, pointing out that very few four- to nine-year-olds have any interest or need to map out their careers.

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