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夏天出生的孩子因入学年龄规定而处于弱势?

kira86 于2019-09-16发布 l 已有人浏览
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夏天出生的孩子是不是由于入学年龄的规定而处于学习上的弱势?英国政府已经对很多家长提出的担心做出积极回应。
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Summer born kids

夏天出生的孩子

The first year of school can be stressful - not for the kids, but for the parents!

刚上学的第一年是很有压力的——这并不是对于孩子而言的,而是对于父母而言!

They want their little ones to do well at school and some pushy parents will already be thinking about how they can get their child to the top of the class.

他们希望自己的孩子在学校好好表现。此外,一些激进的的父母已经在考虑如何让自己的孩子在班上名列前茅。

But some parents are concerned about the rules for when children should start school.

但有些家长关心的却是孩子该什么时候上学的规定。

The School Admissions Code for England says that children must join the reception class the September after their fourth birthday.

英国学校的入学守则规定,孩子们必须在四岁生日过后的第一个9月份入学。

But here is the problem: A four year old who is born in August could be in the same class as someone who was born in October of the previous year! Both of them were four years old in September.

但有一个问题:8月出生的4岁孩子可以和前一年10月出生的孩子同班!他们在今年九月都是4岁。

The older child will probably do better in class tests. He or she is almost a year older! This can affect the confidence of the younger child.

大一点的孩子可能在课堂测验中表现得更好。这样的孩子几乎要比另一些大差不多一岁。这会影响年龄偏小的孩子的自信心。

Now England's schools minister, Nick Gibbs says that the rules should be changed. In an open letter to councils, schools and parents he says, "Parents know their children best".

目前,英国教育部长尼克·吉布斯表示,这些规定应该改变。在一封致议会、学校和家长的公开信中,他说:“家长是最了解自己孩子的人。”

And he said that some parents "feel forced to send their child to school before they are ready".

他还说,一些家长对“在孩子还没准备好之前就把他们送去上学”觉得有些为难。

He proposes that children that are born during the summer can join the class when they are four or wait until they are five.

他建议,夏季出生的孩子可以满四岁时或者等到五岁再上学。

Dr. David Whitebread, an educationalist from Cambridge University says that the UK has a summer-born effect because children start school so young.

剑桥大学教育学家大卫·怀特布莱德博士指出,英国人倾向于在夏季生孩子,因为这样孩子就不用小小年纪就得去上学。

In countries with these later starting ages, there is a very much reduced summer-born effect or none at all, he said.

他说:“在入学起步年龄较晚的国家,夏季婴儿出生率会大大减少,甚至根本没有。”

 

词汇表

stressful

有压力的,精神紧张的

pushy

争强好胜的

the top of the class

班级的尖子

concerned

担心,担忧

rules

规定

admissions

招生

reception

小班,学前班

to do better

表现更好

confidence

自信

open letter

公开信

forced

被迫

propose

提议

educationalist

教育学家

reduced

减少

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