There are several key differences between us/England etc and other nations who are leagues ahead of us. Starting age is most certainly not the only one. But it is a factor.
They start their kids at 7
No standardised testing like NAPLAN's, rather the teacher constantly assesses in class
They have much shorter days and shorter terms (so more holidays).
They have a different philosophy to learning - it tends to be quite play/inquiry based but still within curriculum perimeters with measurable outcomes. So in between Steiner and what we have now maybe?
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11-09-2016 21:30 #71
11-09-2016 21:33 #72
Do you feel the education system needs to be overhauled overall in Australia?
11-09-2016 21:44 #73
I completely recognise some kids are def ready at turning 5, but not as many as are sent. And that comes back to what is ready? We all see it differently.
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11-09-2016 21:54 #76
Just a question, those countries that do start school around the 7 year age, what do the children do prior, is it still play based learning or more structured?
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11-09-2016 22:16 #79
The problem with middle year entry is that every year the teacher has outcomes they must cover for that year level. Coming in mid year means they have missed 6 months of those measured outcomes. In places like the USA who start the new school year mid year, it would work great.
11-09-2016 23:10 #80
I know where you're coming from in terms of teachers huffing and puffing over the change in school age (particularly when it was first introduced) but then, they are the same teachers who seem to find a grievance with any change of curriculum (or Lordy the C2C ruffled so many feathers) or direction given from the department.
I'm certainly not the only teacher I know who is ok with the starting age. I'm quite surprised I'm the first you've encountered.
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