Letters extra: damage done by too formal an early education

27th July 2001 at 01:00

In his letter to your website (July 13), Christopher Jolly asserts that "There is little evidence to suggest any popular or academic support for Wendy Scott's view" (Letters, July 6) that premature teaching of the 3Rs can damage children.

Such a view simply cannot pass unchallenged, for in reality there is a plethora of literature on the subject, which is, moreover, rapidly growing. I would be happy to provide interested readers with references and substantive academic papers pointing to the short- and long-term damage done by over-formal education in the early years.

Dr Richard House
Norwich,
Norfolk

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