“The best interests of the child MUST be a TOP priority in all things that affect children”
(UNICEF Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989, Article 3)
As far as Let our Kids be Kids, can see, the best interests of our children are NOT a top priority for this Government in relation to SAT testing. Far from it! What is happening in education at the moment seems to directly challenge the basic rights of a child.
“Governments must protect children from work that is dangerous or harms their health or education”
(UNICEF Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989, Article 32)
We know that there is a 200% rise in the number of younger children seen by the NHS for mental health concerns. Our facebook site tells us too; the many upsetting stories we have heard and read about children in tears at school, after school, at bedtimes; children unsure of what to do to make things better; thinking they have failed their teachers or their parents; children frustrated at the high pressure cramming; those held in at play times to finish or redo practice papers; the evidence is endless and heartbreaking.
High stakes testing is affecting our children’s peace of mind and curtailing their childhood, forcing them to take onboard worries about their future for which they are not yet ready. The testing
regime and the current cramming of knowledge into children too young is having a direct effect on the quality of their lives, and that of their families.
On April 23rd, Michael Rosen clearly articulated the beliefs of many educationalists and parents;
“[In forcing through their White Paper on turning every school into an academy; You create this test crazy regime that is only there, not for the basis of giving children useful knowledge, but in order to test teachers and schools. That’s what it’s there for. So our children take the pain, take the stress so that government monitors school in the way that they want; with these arbitrary yes no answers even where they’re not valid […the government] are measuring teachers and measuring schools with invalid testing, which impacts directly on our children.” (Michael Rosen – speaking at Parents Defending Education 23rd April 2016)
We’d be interested to know your thoughts…