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'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
As far the learning aspect is considered they may learn to identify some objects and they may learn some words or play some dumb games. That is the most the kids can acquire there. Basically it is useful for keeping or parking the kids in a cozy place for 5-6 hours and you get rid of their care during that time.
Knowledge is power.
Currently, there is an aura around a child's early years formative education and this has attained such prominence that we've forgotten the poor child who's the most important factor in this. Many cleverly constructed programs are marketed and offered with a unique brand appeal. This is focussed to capture the attention of the new age couples and new families who have global dreams.
Trendy interiors, new mini-vans to pick up and drop, school curriculum, crafts and school events are all packaged and sold as a movie dream for the couple who have had their first child. This is linked to the fact that actual admissions to further classes are much more easier with a good popular pre-school brand certificate in the hands of these parents.
It's also become a trend to say that my child goes to A...,B...,C..., this is the school video, this is his progress report etc.
I'm not against the concept of pre-school but against the fact that it's blown out of proportion and made into a money spinning venture.
As mentioned by Natarajan, many of us never went to any preschool. My first school is Government Basic primary school. I started going to the school in my 5th year of age. I have studied Class 1 to Class 5th there. Those days the concept of preschools was not there.
These days it has become a requirement for the parents. Both parents will be working. They have to get ready early morning and attend their office. So what will happen is no one will be there in the house to take care of these children. Hence they will think of these schools. Now it has become a prestige symbol to rich people to send their child to preschools. What they will teach there. Nothing so particular. Just like babysitter as mentioned by Mohan. No use
As mentioned in some of the responses above, I don't think majority of us must have attended any pre-school and that has not affected our life as such. Kids are said to learn from their surroundings; nature is the best teacher. Parents/ grandparents can guide them and help them with the basics. They can be let out, under supervision, to play with children of the same age group so that they get to know about love, sharing and caring. Pre-schools should be avoided if we have the time and patience to help our child grow and get ready for school.
'Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse'- African Proverb
"Do not give up, things might not favour you always"
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