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    Study reveals stressed out 7-11 year-olds

    Study reveals stressed out 7-11 year-olds



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    Polly Curtis, education editor
    Friday October 12, 2007
    The Guardian


    National tests for seven and 11-year-olds are putting children under stress and feeding into a "pervasive anxiety" about their lives and the world they are growing up in, according to an intimate portrait of primary school life published today.
    Primary-aged children worry daily about global warming and terrorism as well as their friendships and passing the next exam, according to a report based on 700 in-depth interviews with children, their teachers and parents, which will feed into the biggest independent review of primary education in 40 years.
    The findings echo a report from Unicef which this year placed Britain at the bottom of a league table charting the well-being of children across the developed world. This week a survey by the Howard League for Penal Reform revealed that 95% of 10 to 15-year-olds in the country have experienced crime at least once.
    Today's Cambridge University report, Community Soundings, says national tests leave most children stressed and some middle class parents paying for a "parallel" education system employing tutors to get children through their exams even before the age of 11.
    Some pupils said the tests were "scary" and made them nervous.
    "These findings do build up to a sense that important changes are needed within the primary sector," said Robin Alexander, a fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and a former professor of education at Leeds and Warwick, who is heading the Primary Review. Today's research will feed into the review, which reports in a year's time and is expected to have a significant influence on education policy.
    He said: "The surprise is that although we made considerable efforts to tap a wide range of opinions inside and outside of schools ... there was a large degree of consensus on what are the big issues." Many adults questioned for the study voiced concerns over the influence of the media on children and pressures of consumerism while more suggested that they believed that there is a break down in family life and community.

    http://education.guardian.co.uk/scho...189504,00.html

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    didn't read the study...but wtf? did they include the kids starving to death or just the poor middle class kids (like mine)? i hate these dumb studies and the grants that feed them---warning---generalization!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cass
    i hate these dumb studies
    Why?

    C.

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