Are they applying for a job? If the answer is NO then why should we interview them?
In fact parents should be interviewing the school to find out whether the school will be suitable for their child.
Yes it does.
First it creates a stress in the parent, the stress of ‘performance’ that my child must not fail. And so in their anxiety parents end up putting undue pressure on the child, start getting irritated with the child, get tense, worried and end up completely ‘anxiety ridden’
Having an adult in this frame of mind especially an adult that is your mother or father can cause undue damage to the child’s emotional development and brain development. It can also harm the child’s social development.
Let’s understand the emotional damage-
So what are the emotional development stages or growth that a preschooler goes through?
0 TO 1 YEARS
TRUST V/S MISTRUST
2 TO 3 YEARS
AUTONOMY V/S SHAME AND DOUBT
4 TO 5 YEARS
INITIATIVE V/S GUILT
6 TO 12 YEARS
INDUSTRY V/S INFERIORITY
As you can see above, most children of the age from 2 to 6 years are being interviewed and that is the age when hope, willpower, purpose and confidence are developed in the child.
So when you interview a 2 to 3 year old and the child is unable to answer, he/she develops a sense of shame and doubt about his/her own abilities, and you end up hurting the child’s self worth for life
When you interview a 4 to 5 year old and the child is unable to answer he/she develops a sense of guilt that ‘I let my parents down and I am worthless’, and so this child will never take initiatives in life
When you interview a 6 years and above child and if the child is unable to answer he/she develops an inferiority complex and zero self worth.
How else does interviewing harm children?-
It makes the children scared, nervous, frightened, terrified, and edgy, all these are negative emotions and negative emotions bring to fore the ‘fight or flight’ tendency of the brain. So either the child feels like hiding behind the parent, or bawls his/her head off, or acts aggressive and throws a tantrum
Negative emotions also release ‘bad chemicals’ in the brain which affect learning and memory.
This kind of unnerving experience also leaves a long lasting wound on the child’s personality and the child can get scared of meeting strangers, or learn to avoid going to places with the parent.
In many children the whole experience leads to nail biting, tantrums, upset tummy, fever and bed wetting. Nail biting and bed wetting are vicious cycles, once entered into can cause a long term burden on the child.
After Reading all the above should children be interviewed?
Here is a quote-
Sam Meisels (HEAD START PROGRAM) offers these tips-
· Young children should never be challenged during assessments by being separated from their parents or familiar caregivers.
· An unfamiliar examiner should never assess young children.
· Assessments that are limited to areas that are easily measurable, such as certain motor or cognitive skills should not be considered complete.
· Formal tests or tools should not be the cornerstone of an assessment of an infant or young child.
LETS JOIN HANDS AND BANISH ‘INTERVIEWS’ FROM THE LIVES OF PRESCHOOLERS, LETS INSTEAD START INTERVIEWING THE PEOPLE WHO ‘INTERVIEW’ KIDS, LETS FIND OUT WHY THEY DO IT. LETS WORK FOR HEALTHY PRECHOOL EDUCATION IN INDIA.
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