With lessons geared towards assessment, children are bored from the moment they begin formal schooling, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers warned.
Traditional play with sand and water was being replaced with work, it added.
Er, yeah. That's why we call it school and not play. And, at-risk kids really need to be spending as much time as possible catching up to their middle class peers as soon as possible.
The sad reality is that there is sufficient time to teach all the academics at-risk kids need to learn and still have plenty of time left over for music, art, recess, and fun. The problem is that many schools don't know how to effectively teach these kids in the first place, so the push is to spend increased amounts of time in poorly taught academic classes or "test prep" classes.
She said: "Pressure is now put on Year 1 teachers to prepare children for tests by removing sand, water, role-play etc and replacing with work space."
This was a "good model for how to switch children off and create failure," she said.
Actually, the object is to educate children. Educated children should be able to pass simple tests which measure what they've learned. And, the best model "for how to switch children off and create failure" is to fail to educate them well.