I don't know...I don't understand a lot of what it's all about, primary education is not my forte, that's for sure
I do know, from talking to one of the teachers that I really like casually one afternoon (and I think she just let it slip and then tried to not say anymore....
) that she is frustrated adn believes it's just TOO much and her comment was "they are dreaming if they think we can continue to push the kids this hard, they are just too little and even this early in the year, are getting exhausted)
I know my 2 are coming home stuffed many days. I have impressed upon them (as is my basic attitude and always has been, even for myself) that they MUST concentrate and do their work at school. School is not time to muck around and "we" don't waste time at school during school hours and then have to make it all up by doing endless homework and "catch-up" at home.
I was/ am like that. Much preferred to do my work at school, listen, take it in, same at uni, I'd never skip lectures and I'd put in 100% DURING the lectures etc...so I didn't have to do endless work at home and so I caught onto it the first time if at all possible.
My girls teachers DO tell me (cause I ask!) that my girls ARE good like this during the lessons. They rarely play up, they diligently do what is required etc.
WE have parent-teachers in teh next weeks, but informally (and during the homework discussions) I have been told that both my girls are up to par, performing just fine and neither teacher is concerned about them reaching benchmarks and above.
esp DD1 in grade 2, if finding "school" a haul this year. She even LOOKS tired and weary most days after school. She no longer wants to write things at home for "fun" like she did before. Mind you, today, after not doing anything for a few days, she suddenly decided she was going to write cards and letters to grandma and her Aunty M and she got stuck in and as far as I'm concerned, written them both wonderful letters
Some spelling mistakes, of course, but on the whole, she's written easily a page of text each, telling tehm what she's doing, about our chooks, her favourite movie and what she's going to do on easter holidays "mummy is taking XXX and I to the museum next week" and "next weekend we will get easter eggs on Sunday"
From what I can work out, it's very logical, and of a good standard for a 7 yr old. It's not mumbo jumbo, it's a true letter of information and hb and I didn't help her at all, she decided to do it and wrote it all herself.
Her comprehension (cause I hear a lot in here about kids reading but not comprehending??) is fine to me. we've never had an issue with that. Tongiht we read a Dr Suess we hadn't read before and she and DD2 in Grade one laughed about teh story, commented very appropriately on the actual story and so on, obviously comprehended the themes as well as the actual story...kwim? As in "he was showing him a lesson about why it's best to not be mean mummy cause if you are a mean and nasty, then people won't like you very much will they?" taht sort of thing...I consider insightful comments on story lines and themes comprehension...right?
Anyway - yes - I digress (as usual!! LOL) but I'm worried that my kids won't like going to school and that to me is NOT a good thing at all.
My aim is not for my kids to be top of the class,but to enjoy school, enjoy learning and being part of a "knowledge" environment. I don't want them burned out by grade 6