From the Government’s point of view David Bell, the ChiefInspector of Schools in England, was reported in the Sunday Telegraph,31 August 2003 in saying that too many children are not ready forschool due to their “disrupted and disheveled” upbringing. As a result,the verbal and behavioural skills of the nation’s five-year-olds wereat an all-time low, causing severe difficulties for schoolsMuch has been stated in this country over the problems that children of5 to 6 years of age face with their education. The Government’s ChiefInspector of Schools has been vocal on the subject: In 2003 childrenare starting school less well prepared than ever because parents arefailing to raise their youngsters properly. One of the key causes wasthe failure of parents to impose proper discipline at home, which ledto poor behaviour in class. Another serious concern was the tendency tosit children in front of the television, rather than talking andplaying with them. This meant that many were unable to speak properlywhen they started school, stating that parents were still not doingenough to support teachers. “There is evidence that children’s verbalskills are lacking. We should encourage parents to talk to theirchildren and give them a whole range of stimulating things to do andnot just assume that the television, or whatever, will do all that forthem.” He added that the deficiencies of pupils starting school couldhave lasting effects, particularly where parents continued to fail tooffer support to teachers. (Sunday Telegraph, 31 August 2003).