Tasha Kheiriddin: Canada’s ‘human development plan’ is called ‘the family’

Source: National Post (editorial), November 23, 2011

Excerpt: "Sometimes, parents can learn more from their children than the other way around. The other day, my two-and-a-half-year old daughter engaged in a novel form of play with her alphabet blocks. She took a big white wooden letter R, turned it on its side and said “This is a rabbit”. Then she took a red B and did the same thing, proclaiming it a bear. One by one she propped the letters up on their sides on her train table (after tossing all the tracks on the floor) in what she called a “petting zoo”. She did this for fifteen minutes, uninterrupted, before turning to another toy. Now, picture her in a “structured” learning environment. A set period of time to play with the alphabet blocks, sharing them with a dozen or more other children, being “taught” how to put them correctly in sequence, name the words they start, etc. Would she exercise her imagination by turning letters into animals? Would she have the time and space to play alone for fifteen minutes? Or would she be too busy fighting off other kids for access to the blocks, or be forced to sit still and watch a teacher instruct her in the “correct” use of the letter R?"

Link: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/11/23/tasha-kheiriddin-canadas-human-development-plan-is-called-the-family/

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