Education advocacy group, Protecting Childhood, is proud to announce that its Queensland Parliament e-petition, “Age-appropriate education for happy, healthy children and teachers” has passed 5000 signatures, rising by more than 3000 in the past two weeks alone.
Protecting Childhood, which formed in
March 2016, is a collabo
ration of parents, past and present teachers and education professionals, psychologists and academics concerned with the short and long term impacts of Australia’s increasingly fear-driven, test-focussed, standardised school system.
Protecting Childhood has amassed over 2900 followers, led by an executive committee of six, including retired teacher of 30 years Kathy Margolis, and with 23 area representatives Australia-wide.
Our ambassadors include respected psychologists and authors, Steve Biddulph and Robin Grille and author, educator, parenting and resilience specialist with a particular interest in the early years and adolescence, Maggie Dent.
A mounting body of evidence indicates that later start of formal learning indicates better long term results. However, Queensland prep students are enrolled as young as 4.5 years of age and subjected to formal learning conditions from day 1.
Protecting Childhood’s petition, backed by Mount Ommaney State MP Tarnya Smith MP, is calling for the Queensland Parliament to conduct an inquiry into the impact of the national curriculum implementation and top down pressure, and to observe international best practice and ensure:
(a) children are six years of age or older to commence being formally taught an incremental age-appropriate national curriculum
(b) all learning prior to age six, including prep, is play-based
(c) the data collection and reporting burden on teachers is reduced to maximise engaged teaching time.
The petition closes on 5th August 2016, and is expected to be tabled in State Parliament by Mrs Smith the week beginning 15th August 2016. The petition can be found at http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-asse…/…/e-petition…
For more information, please contact Chris Cox on 0412 416 600, or email firstname.lastname@example.org