[hat tip Jessica]
Out of Australia
AAP reports : ONE of Australia’s leading early childhood educators [*Emeritus Professor Philip Gammage] has warned the Federal Government’s strategy for young children could see them doing worse at school and not being prepared for later life.
“Children don’t need to be taught curriculum, they need quality relationships, quality attachments and quality boundaries,” he said.
“Zero to six-year-olds should be concentrating on play-based learning, drama and aural learning.”
Professor Gammage said Australia could learn a lot from the wisdom of a saying in Finland, “talk more, write less”.
*Emeritus Professor Philip Gammage is one of the keynote speakers at Playgroup Australia’s Power of Play conference.