Are we raising a nation of dunces?

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Poor parenting and too many hours in front of the TV are being blamed for a “disturbing” rise in the number of children lacking the basic skills they need when they start school.

One speech therapist had to teach a 5-year-old the word “banana”, and one Wellington school is running a programme to teach new entrants basic motor skills that include how to hang up their school bags.

In Wairarapa, Masterton Primary School principal Sue Walters said: “We get a lot of kids who come to school who just can’t form proper sentences.

“They have very limited vocabulary and some are operating at a 3-year-old’s level. You can’t teach kids to read and write if they can’t speak.”

The problem was not necessarily socio-economic, but one of parenting, Ms Walters said. With individual attention from an articulate adult every day, pupils quickly progressed.

Comments

  1. Interesting article….. So much could be said about it…..!

  2. Yes, but no reason for home schoolers to slack off. We could take this as a call to further excel and to become the leaders of tomorrow, to get into positions where we can be decision makers, and change society and bring Godly values and justice.