Is really parental education gives children a better start? Five a day! The English liberal think tank Centre Forum has drawn up a report on parenting and what parents can do for their young children to give them the best possible start in life. They have come up with five things that a child needs to have the children every day.
The five things are:
- Reading aloud
- Good diet
In order to develop their language and social skills as possible to a small child - we are talking about aged 0 - 4 years - have these things every day. Therefore proposes Centre Forum, the message spread widely in society: In radio and television, on buses, on things to children as toys and stuff. It also proposes the creation of parent groups, starting during pregnancy and continuing until at least the child to school. Something similar has been tried in New Zealand with great success: SKIP project, good enough was slightly more marked in the direction of the parents should learn to control their offspring, than that they should develop the children's abilities.
There are several reasons why the proposal is being presented. Also in England you are interested in how to break the intergenerational transmission of poverty. Young offenders often come from socially disadvantaged families where they do not get qualified adult contact, do not talk with, do not get read stories, and do not get support for their education or help with homework. Many of them cannot read or write at a level, which means that they can get an education and thus move out of the swamp and upward on the social ladder.
Actually, a child in a prosperous family almost 4 times as many words per day as a child in a family on welfare. And while the child on welfare is twice as many bans as confirmations, get the prosperous child 6 times as many confirmations ban. Think of what it must mean for self-confidence!
It's a bit of a taboo area, with children's upbringing, the people must traditionally though - it is their children. Society must now intervene in it? But, as it says in the article in the Daily Telegraph: So it was with drunken driving 50 years ago - and here campaigns actually meant that attitude has changed, and it has become socially unacceptable to drive with alcohol in the blood.
The British Minister for Children, Sarah Teather, supports the proposal, which has also been endorsed by other sites.
It's very good.
But it takes time and energy.
I'm thinking: What about the one who is a single mother with three children, has a full-time job and live in a socially deprived area - what bother her when she comes home? It is no wonder that it is easier to put the kids in front of the television and even mix some food together, than to take the three in the process to an attentive and educational dialogue in the kitchen.
We must hope that there are some great grandparents near - real or reserve - which can move in and support.