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    I agree. It takes a lot of years of study to be a qualified teacher. It's strange that people seem to be comparing them to mothers or teachers aids, or child care workers (who I respect too btw). I think you hit the nail on the head when you said you are an educator. I'm not a touchy, huggy person at all, so when I become a teacher I would be very disappointed if my teaching skills were equated to the level of mothering. There's more to nurturing than shoelaces.

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    ROFLMAO. It is good to see a thread that started as a question to see if there is a no shoelace tying policy in the education system has turned into a teachers vs parents battle.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sloppykissesmonsterhugs View Post
    Thanks for raising this issue. Let me clarify. The early years are no different to other year levels in primary school. As a Prep teacher, my qualifications are no different to a Year Six teacher, nor are my professional responsibilities. My choice to teach Prep or Year One Is not mine alone rather, the principal has the final word. In making this decision though, you would trust that the principal would choose teachers who have a preference for these year levels. As to why I have a preference for the early years, I can assure you it has little to do with my hugability.
    Really? My brother did Early Childhood to teach from P to 3 because if he just did Primary he would not be able to teach Prep or the lower grades. I asked him what he thought about this question (he thought I meant dd) and he said he would to the teachers to make sure they help her, it's part of their duty of care to make sure hats are on and laces tied up, either by telling them or doing it for them. I told him it wasn't for her, pretty much any available grown whether that be office staff, other parents or parent helpers, support workers, or teachers themselves, will assist any child except in toileting, which is left to the aides.

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    Yeah I thought people were trained in early childhood education.

    It's all good, let's agree to disagree on what we want from a teacher.

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    I think teachers should listen to parents more. I friend of mine just recently went through something with her son who was struggling with adjusting to prep and instead of listening to the mother the teacher(s) wanted her to take him to be evaluated so that he could be medicated! For a start the mother wasn't having ANY of the issues that the teachers were having and in the end she had to go in there and FIRMLY tell them to start listening to her because they were making a mountain out of a molehill. They finally listened and lo and behold the little boy's behaviour has changed DRAMATICALLY.

    I, myself, have dealt with this also with my own son. No one was listening to me. My son was literally manipulating them to get out of things and they couldn't see it. Again, wanted me to get him evalutated, when a simple change in their attitude and how they spoke to him made him putty in their hands.

    All you teachers out there - LISTEN TO THE PARENTS! You may actually save yourselves time and effort in doing so!

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    The whole "send your kids in velcro if they can't tie laces" can acually be a bit tricky for some schools.

    Our school for example, has a policy with sports shoes/runners that they MUST be predominately white...you can have a splash of another colour but MOST of the shoe has to be white...and white soled aswell. Let me tell you it is BLARDY hard to find any shoe in the correct size that is mainly all white, let alone having to hunt for velcro's because my 5yo is unable to tie his laces as yet ( like MOST 5 year olds )

    When i tie his laces in the morning, i do a tight double knot, MOST of the time it lasts the day, sometimes he has to get his teacher to tie them for him. All i can say is THANK F**K he has such a lovely teacher, who will tie laces for the children...hell some of them are still only 4 years old.

    Yes, it is the parents responsibility to teach them how to tie their laces, but it does take time ( my oldest figured it out when he was 6 ) I really dont think its much to ask of a teacher to tie laces considering while they are at school, the children are in their care. Im so happy it seems the teachers and assistants at our school dont have the attitude of some of the teachers on here, it really is a bit disheartening that some early childhood teachers have that attitude.
    Id be FURIOUS if my child injured himself because he fell over a lose shoe lace that the teacher or assistants didnt want to tie up, because he is a boy, and may have wee on his laces, or any other lame excuse.
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    My DD is in Kindergarten and we were told at the parent info night to please buy velcro shoes as the teachers didn't want to have 30 or so kids come up to them throughout the day needing their shoe laces tied.

    It doesn't worry me, however DH and I are teaching her how to tie shoe laces regardless, even though at school her formal and sport shoes are velcro.

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