Where is the room for childhood now a days?
Is it really essential to start teaching a child the basics like alphabets and numbers even before he/she begins to walk? What is the necessity for formal learning in a classroom or at home at far too early an age? Share your views on this very relevant topic.
I feel that the children are not enjoying their childhood, as parents and society impose learning from an early age. It is shocking to know that parents start educating their children from as early an age as 18 months.
Recently, I spoke to someone from an online preschool program and I said my son is two years and three months old. He said to me, "I suppose he must be able to identify the alphabets and number by now". No! I have not even started teaching him any of these things, but the person I spoke to said that it's already late for my child to learn these things. My husband says that he is not going to send our son to school till he is 4 years old as he did.
Till now I was thinking the life of a toddler is the happiest life ever but now looking at the way things are, they seem to have many duties imposed on them at an early age. So what is childhood for them? Is childhood the time only when a child is in the mother's womb free from any duties?!
Do you all agree that the children must be educated from a very early age?