来源：网络小编：环小羊 2020-03-19 15:50:00
While it has long been a controversy whether children should be sent to school before they are seven years old, I would say it is not an either-or question that we can jump to a conclusion without recognizing all possible variables: each view has its justification in terms of the different concerns of individual families.
From the perspective of many parents, the advantages of early school education marry well with their expectations for the next generation. Parents are usually preoccupied with potential challenges which their children will face; for example, the burden of study, the peer pressure from those overachievers in the class, etc. With this in mind, young couples are prone to send their loved ones to school at an early age: young children can be better prepared for some knowledge that needs to be acquired in formative years. One compelling example is the linguistic ability, which is reckoned to be better acquired before the establishment of self-consciousness at younger age. Another beneficiary of early schooling we should not forget is those working parents themselves: by doing so, adults can afford more time and stamina immersing in their own careers, which is particularly important for families living on tight budget.
Plausible though the argument seems, at the other end of the scale stand the opponents who believe that formal education should not start until children are 7-year old, when they reach the age of reason. Parents, due to their obsession with fears from an adult perspective, tend to be oblivious to the feeling of young children, who are not mentally prepared for a new environment and need more accompany from family members than teachers in their preschool years. Another apprehension we cannot afford to ignore is the physical maturity of toddlers. Scientific evidences have shown that human brain has not fully developed to accept advanced skills before the age of seven, which explains why it is legalized as the starting year for primary school in most countries.
In conclusion, it looks to me that it would be simple-minded to label either of the two opinions as more justifiable if we do not take into consideration different circumstances – a flexible combination of the two models could be applied according to the specific needs of individual families.
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