For something to be “wicked” implies not only evil principles but evil practises as well. Most educators realize that children develop at different ages and that learning styles vary. We had a set of twins, a boy and a girl. They were very different and learned to read at different ages in their life. Did that stop us from giving them both books, reading to them, encouraging them, and telling them both that they can do it? Not at all!
Children need to be given opportunities to discover and explore. In this way you, the parent, will along side them, learn what turns them on. The principle of streaming children puts them in “like” groups so they can learn together at the pace of that group. What it does not tell you is that even from that early age the child learns that they are not smart like the others and puts a stigma on those that appear to be “not there yet”. Just because a child may not be responding the same as another does not mean it is right to segregate and tell one that they can and the other they can’t. Children feel the rejection, judgements and failure.
In one class of four and five year olds one group of children were allowed to take a book home because they could read now while the other children couldn’t. What was the response of one of the children I know personally? ‘I’m not smart enough to be able to have a book come home with me.’ Imagine a four-year-old child having to deal with such a statement! What heartbreak!
As parents we need to be aware of the principles and the practises that are transpiring at our children’s school. Hopefully, they are not wicked but truly encouraging learning and success.