Half of the juveniles arrested during last year’s summer riots in Britain were educational failures who had not mastered the basics by the age of 11, said the Government.

    Children are tested continuously and continually at school to find out what they have learned in English, Maths and Science and, eventually, in every subject. Why don’t we introduce an assessment near the beginning of a child’s educational journey, say at the end of KS1 at seven years old, to find out HOW they learn not just WHAT they learn? Perhaps we wouldn’t need to build so many prison cells if children with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADD, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome or other learning challenges were identified and helped early on, before problems took root.

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Sleep and working memory

On February 1, 2012, in Sleep, Working Memory, by Dare

Is your child getting enough good sleep? Poor sleep hampers working memory, as the following linked article shows.

Maija-Riika Steenari et al “Working Memory and Sleep in 6- to 13-Year-Old Schoolchildren” / J. Am. Acad. Child Adolesc. Psychiatry, 2003, 42(1):85–92.

    “…In conclusion, sleep quality appeared to be more strongly associated with performance in working memory tasks than sleep duration. This suggests that in assessing sleep, attention should be directed not only at the amount of sleep but also at sleep quality.”


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