Sunday, 22 June 2014

Sugar Tax to cut Child Obesity

Sugar cubes in a bowl
What makes me angry about this news story is that why should we have to have tax on sugar because of childhood obesity?
It then means because of some parents who allow their child to eat foods and drink fizzy drinks with a lot of sugar, more than they should, means that everyone else should pay the price.

Parents need to become more strict when they are feeding their children, as parents you decide what your child eats and drinks, you are in control of what they have, so become more strict.

I personally don't want to pay a sugar tax because we have a child obesity problem there needs to be another way.

"A "sugar tax" should be introduced by the UK government to help curb obesity in childhood, a campaign group says."

"The group wants measures brought in to cut added sugar in food by 40% by 2020, to cut fat in foods and to ban sports sponsorship by "junk food" companies."

I don't mind having sugar being reduced in food and drinks, that is a good idea as it isn't imposing a tax on everyone else but a sugar tax to me is unfair to everyone else.
I believe you need to cut sugar out of a child's diet to make sure that your child doesn't become obese, I mean who has responsibility for their child's weight and that is the parents.

Parents need to be educated in making healthier meals rather than relying on this tax, if a child becomes obese I believe the parents are at fault as they are responsible for what the child eats. 
We need to be stricter with our children on what they eat.
So reduce the amount of fast food your child eats, reduce the amount of sugary treats and drinks you give them, try and give them healthy treats.
Also if you introduce a healthy diet from a young age and you as a parent should set an example and eat healthy as well, as your child looks up to you and follows what you eat.

All the quotes come from the BBC News 2014.  


Learning a Language

Hand on Chinese dictionary"The UK's education system is failing to produce enough people with foreign-language skills to meet a growing need from business, the CBI has said."

I am all for children learning languages as I chose to learn French when I was in Year 1 at Primary School in my lunch breaks, and I enjoyed it a lot as I had a good teacher and she made the lessons interesting.

However even though I had lessons from Year 1 up until Year 9 at secondary school, but I haven't used it in so long that my French isn't what it should be.

What I found was learning the language was so interesting and I picked it up so quickly when I was a child but still I haven't used it since I learnt it.

I find this a waste as I spent time learning the language and I have only used it a few times when I have visited France.

"Some 41% of businesses said knowledge of a foreign language was beneficial, while 28% believed language skills would help to build relations with overseas contacts.
French (50%), German (49%) and Spanish (44%) were identified as the most useful languages.
A total of 31% wanted staff who could speak Mandarin and 23% demanded Arabic skills.
Others identified Polish (19%), Russian (18%), Cantonese (16%) and Japanese (15%)."

I don't believe that we should pressure children into learning a language even though it is beneficial but you may get children like me who learn it, enjoy learning it but don't use the language so much to the point where you forget a lot of it, and only remember the basics of it.

All of these quotes came from the BBC News 2014.   

Thursday, 19 June 2014

From reading this story that caught my eye recently I was unsure who to agree with.
I agree that parents need to take an active role within their children's education as they go through school, this will allow children to gain help from parents.
But I also know how hard it can be for parents to sit down in the evening and go through homework with their children, as they may be in work until 5pm. Then they have to get their children from an after school club and then get them home. Once home they have to cook dinner, eat it, bath the children and it could be around 8pm before they have a bath. And then before bed they have to sit down and do homework. You can't classed these parents as bad parents because they aren't. We all know the pressure of keeping a job and also paying bills, providing food for the family and everything else. We can't assume that parents who may not have time every night to do homework are bad parents.
As a university student once I am qualified to teach I wouldn't as a teacher want to make any assumptions about the parents. Children need to take responsibility themselves to remember that they have homework and need doing it.
So instead of going straight to the TV or an electronic device they can go home and begin on their homework whilist tea is cooking.
Then after tea ask for their parents to check it then it allows the parents to see what the child knows and help them further on areas they get stuck on. 
In regards to reading to their children every night yes this should happen although the parents want to hear the child read, so they can see how their language development is coming along. There is a simple solution have them read to you before bed.
These "Issues" that some may class as "bad parenting" aren't and are very easy to solve as you can see from my post.