rachel leah wrote:I did not learn to read until age 8 when my parents noticed that the school wasn't doing it. They taught me then. I learned from them within 1 year. We are talking circa 1983-4. I wasn't a low IQ child.
I can imagine a child of lower intelligence getting left behind in the chaos or lack of seriousness.
I don't know when that Grange Hill story line is from but definitely during my time the way they taught you to read was to leave you with a book on your own and then 2 minutes with a teacher. They used a lot of "modern teaching methods". A bit pathetic really.
No offence, but didn't your parents teach you to read BEFORE you started school at age 5?. As they are supposed to do, as your parents.
No, My parents had the stupid illogical idea that a school is supposed to teach children to read and that is why we pay them thousands of pounds in taxes and make them compulsory.
A child is there from 9 till 3.30p.m each day so you'ed think they could manage it.
I understand perhaps a bit of back up and help from parents could be expected, but not that the parents should do the whole job.
(Sorry I am not annoyed at your question, just annoyed with the system and my memories of it.)
Also my parents were not British. In their old country it was accepted that the school did all the job. My Mum grew up in Israel in the 50's which was full of children of refugees/immigrants whose parents did not speak or read Hebrew, yet were taught to read perfectly well by the school alone. There were a lot of war orphans too who didn't have Mum and Dad to teach them to read. They used the same phonetics type teaching, rote learning and desks in rows facing the front that British schools did in the 50's. There was an intensive seriousness about it that I *suspect* used to exist in British schools many years ago but finished by the time Grange Hill came along...or at least by the time I came along.
I now live in Israel. My nephews only started school at age 6 with only the knowledge of how to write their name and a bit of familiarity with the alphabet. It's like Gareth said about schools in countries outside Britain starting later.
But going back to Britain - I am sure I wasn't the only one who started school who did not know how to read when I started at age 4/5. I am surprised your whole class did. I'm also surprised that the storyline came out in 1979. I expected it to be later. I only started watching in 1981.
Yes and Grange Hill was well observed in some ways, like Simon said some way back.