School from 2?

Seriously?

This isn’t a joke?
I am confused why on earth would a 2 year old child be better off in school than at home with their parents? 
Apparently Baroness Sally Morgan has recommended that we should start sending our babies, yes they are still babies to school from the tender age of 2.
The fact that children spend at around over 6 hours a day in school  for 5 days a week from the age of 4 till they are 16 isn’t enough it seems this woman would like to subject them to a little bit more, I am inclined to ask does this woman actually know any children? Does she know what 2 year old children are capable of? To be honest right now they are probably a damn sight more clued up than she is! Most babies aren’t even potty trained at that age, Olivia was a nightmare but she was around the two and half years of age mark. Yes you could have a conversation with her but to take her to school? To expect her to learn? No way it just wouldn’t of worked at all.
Don’t get me wrong I had her in nursery from just over 7 months as both her dad and I worked full time back then. She loved it she really did but it was about fun, about teaching them without them realising and doing it all at their own pace. To role play and make a mess, to experiment with food, learn how to play with others. To laugh, to play, explore, to try to eat things they shouldn’t, you know all the fun baby stuff. They have the rest of their lives to grow up but not that long to be babies just let them enjoy it for gods sake!
Lets get round to why? Why has she decided this and what are the reasons behind it?

It is all down to social inequality. Children from poorer backgrounds can be up to 19 months behind children from more affluent areas by the time they are 5.

I have to agree to be honest but is this the right way to go about this? Force children into education years earlier to make up for it? I don’t think it is a suitable option at all surely there must be other ways around this issue.

Now I’m not big into politics but surely with all the ‘thinktanks’ and expensively educated ministers we have they could of come up with a better idea than this even I can.

This may ramble a bit but bear with me I may actually make a good point somewhere in this post, well I hope I do.

I live in what is classed as a poor area, uneducated, with over use of food banks, I personally don’t think I fall into this category but the area I live in is. We have high levels of unemployment and struggling parents. Maybe this is where the focus is needed.
To educate the parents, to give them better opportunities and resources. To lower nursery fees or extend pre-school funding. Give the children the chance to learn before they fall behind because ultimately it is at home (obviously or the school idea wouldn’t be an option) were the action needs to be taken. More support, more resources, more funding for hose parents who fall into this category and for those who don’t. To help them from the start to encourage and help their children to learn even if that means some education for the grown ups too. Yes I know you can’t force them to do things we are all entitled to our own ways of parenting but if there were greater nursery places available or especially for this purpose that would be such a better idea than putting them into a school environment.

Children are so often a product of their environment so why not try to change that before you try to change them?

So from me this whole school from 2 idea is just a ridiculous idea not worth entertaining at all, there has to be different more suitable options available to be explore first before anyone even contemplates this scenario. Brilliant blog posts on HonestMum.com

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  1. I think it is worth a look at why this difference is there otherwise it may not work. You are right I agree, but surely that should be a last resort? Thank you for your comment

  2. Really valid post and so true about the above quote. I wonder if they are worried this will take too long or are simply not prepared to so feel earlier education/nursery style will benefit kids quicker. I don't know. I don't agree with it but perhaps it will be more of a nursery style set up?

  3. Children are so often a product of their environment so why not try to change that before you try to change them? << couldn't have put it better myself trace! Great post xx