Starting School Too Young

Hi Parents,

I am noticing so many parents are wanting to start teaching their children at younger and younger ages. It is wonderful to have so many proactive and loving parents. We all want what is best for our children!

In my own experience, I have pushed the first born harder and have been more relaxed with the younger ones, and I am noticing that pushing too much doesn’t give the child more knowledge, it just seems to yield more frustration.

An analogy that can be made is trying to teach a child to walk before they are ready.

I came across two articles that support this thought.

The first is by David Whitebread. He is a developmental psychologist at the University of Cambridge, UK

Too much, too young: Should schooling start at age 7?

The second is by Andrew Freeman. He is holds a degree in history from UCLA, he is particularly interested in politics, policy and pension plans.

Finland’s Education System: 10 Surprising Facts That Americans Shouldn’t Ignore

This is all food for thought. I am not an expert, but am interested in the many thoughts

Baby at Play, by Thomas Eakins, 1876.