In Reply to: Re: Thank you posted by Paranoid on December 05, 2007 at 12:51:23:
Interesting article in The Independent today by an educator:
"Children are not helped by reading too early"
"Hungary, for example, according to a 2006 study, has a very high literacy rate for children and they start to teach pupils to read at least two years after our poor scraps have been grappling with letters of the alphabet. A report, which came out a few years ago, suggested that theirs was a sensible course to follow. Literacy, it claimed, can come too early and it is better to teach children to play and be sociable than it is to try and din into them a skill that could and should come later."
I don't remember ever seeing children in TF just playing around like kids usually do, and I don't remember ever seeing toys that were just toys for playing around and that encouraged them to use their imaginations. I think encouraging an active imagination is crucial to early childhood development, yet in TF, it seems to me, imaginative fantasies are imposed on children through indoctrination. Their own imaginations, and development, are squelched. And as for socialization, being culturally isolated, they are only socialized within the cult, not socialized to society in general.