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Unfortunately, they don’t.
They really don’t.
In the words of one former Education Secretary:
(To protect his identity, let's call him Michael Gove)
"Children naturally learn to talk, they do not naturally learn to read..."
Whether intended or not, attitudes like this are immensely damaging.
The ability to communicate through the WRITTEN word - a critically important skill of course - has long been...
More easily assessed
More willingly celebrated
More heavily prioritised in the curriculum
Meanwhile, the spoken word (and public speaking in particular) is typically viewed as...
A bit niche
An activity best pursued only by "the gifted & talented"
(whatever the h*ll that hideous phrase means)
Being of secondary importance
A nice-to-have rather than a life skill of fundamental importance.
Not that I feel strongly.
(See link to my talk for TEDxLondon in the Comments below).
So, if you have connections with a school/organisation engaged in public speaking competitions, debating clubs and/or other activities which promote the cultivation of speaking & listening skills...
Just some of the relevant orgs & resources out there include:
The English-Speaking Union
The Jack Petchey "Speak Out!" Challenge
"The Articulation Prize" - by The National Gallery
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