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Teaching Young Children the 3Rs Could be Damaging: Psychologist

April 24, 2014

 

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Teaching young children the 3Rs may not be the only skills a teacher or parent should be imparting to their young students, but it is hardly damaging. A considerate, patient and skilled person can teach all kind of skills without causing the distress alarmist psychologists make us believe occurs:

 

Cambridge University lecturer David Whitebread said it was important for parents to play with their children, as these youngsters were more likely to enjoy solving problems, and better equipped to cope with failure.

Former primary school teacher Mr Whitebread also claimed the government was overly concerned with getting children to learn the 3Rs at an ever decreasing age, and said younger children were better off learning to cook alongside their parents.

Mr Whitebread, a developmental cognitive psychologist, said that although learning to read was an important skill, teaching reading, writing and arithmatic to toddlers was a waste of government money and the child’s time.

Mr Whitebread said that learning to read at to young an age could even be damaging for a child.

‘Instead the parent can share something they love, such as making cakes, or tinkering with engines, the key is partly sharing the enthusiasm but mainly the conversations you have with the child while doing it.’

 

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Lego Blamed for Harming Children’s Development

June 13, 2013

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I’ve heard it all! Lego, an invention which has been an incredible educational and creative mainstay of children’s lives, is being blamed for the very thing it excels in – aiding child development:

THE faces on Lego toys are getting angrier- and it may be harming children’s development, researchers warn.

The number of happy faces on Legos is decreasing, and more angry faces are taking their place, research by Christopher Barneck of New Zealand’s University of Canterbury’s has found.

Dr Barneck studied all the 6000 figures offered by the iconic Danish toy company, including Harry Potter and pirate-themed toys, and says they are increasingly angry and based on conflict – with potentially harmful effects on children’s play and development.

Lego started introducing a greater range of faces in the 1990s, but “happiness and anger seem to be the most frequent emotional expressions,” he found.

“We cannot help but wonder how the move from only positive faces to an increasing number of negative faces impacts on how children play.”

Legos are also increasingly based on conflicts, “often a good force is struggling with a bad one,” he found.

“Designers of toy faces should take great care to design the expressions and to test their effect since toys play an important role in the development of children,” says Dr Bartneck, who is acting head of the university’s Human Interface Technology Lab, which studies how design and technology impact users.

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