Are ADHD rates rising because we send children to school at younger ages?
Growing Expectations vs. Human Behaviour Children haven’t changed, but our expectations of their behaviour have.
In just one generation, children are going to school at younger and younger ages, and are spending more time in school than ever before, Kerry McDonald is the author of Liberty to Learn: Why Children Need Self-Directed Education, a free eBook published by FEE.
Every parent knows the difference a year makes in the development and maturity of a young child. A one-year-old is barely walking while a two-year-old gleefully sprints away from you. A four-year-old is always moving, always imagining, always asking why, while a five-year-old may start to sit and listen for longer stretches.
Children are increasingly required to learn academic content at an early age that may be well above their developmental capability.