UK children ‘reading too early’

UK children ‘reading too early‘  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7107798.stm
Children are too young to learn to read when they first start school in the UK, an academic claims. Pushing reception pupils too hard could put them off for life, especially boys, says Professor Lilian Katz.  Dr Katz, a professor of education at the University of Illinois in the USA, thinks policy makers are pushing children too hard too early. Most youngsters in the UK start learning to read and write in reception when they start primary school – often before their fifth birthday. In Scandinavian countries formal teaching begins much later, usually when children are six or seven

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