A growing concern in the United Kingdom is the new knowledge-based National Curriculum that will roll out starting 2014. Many teachers claim that emphasizing standards for ‘targets and testing’ will hamper the development of children’s creativity and social skills.

“[In] Classrooms, dominated by specific learning outcomes and teachers talking, it’s very easy for learning to become something which is spoon-fed,” Sue White from Plymouth’s school of education claimed. She continues to explain that outdoor spaces offer chances for children to be more creative and inquire more. They become more socially skilled as they pursued their own interests and engaged in conversation with their peers about what they learn.

This has sparked differing opinions about the future of UK’s education system. Learn more about the thoughts of researchers, here on an article from the Telegraph UK.

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Eugenia Gilbreath is a pre-school teacher in California. She has also been a speaker and motivator in different educational seminars and fora.