UK: Children unable to talk properly because of working parents
francis.hult at utsa.edu
Sun Jan 3 19:49:11 UTC 2010
Children unable to talk properly because of working parents
Children from middle-class families are not learning to talk properly because they no longer interact with their working parents, according to the Government's new 'communication champion'.
Jean Gross, a former education psychologist set to take up the position next month, claims that because of working parents, children are subjected to second rate childcare, as well as lose out on traditional social interaction of family mealtimes and bedtime stories.
Mrs Gross, who is set to publish research showing how difficulties in learning to talk are an issue with all social classes, said half of children in some areas were starting school unable to form sentences together. In some cases, she says, she has seen native English speakers struggle as much as "a child who has Bengali as their first language".
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