OPINION: Disney films should be part of the National Curriculum

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Disney films should be studies by children at school.

Not only are the charming films the cornerstone of childhood memories and valuable life lessons, they teach and entertain – exactly what children need.

They are so vital that they should be included on the National Curriculum.

Children have a short attention span, so the use of bright colours, funny voices and singing is a perfect mix to keep them engaged. All of these are key in Disney films.

Frozen, from 2013, is often criticised as an “annoying” film, but at the end of the day it dealt with issues of loss, isolation and love.

Topics used in Disney films can be hard to discuss with children, but these movies manage to do it in a better way than teachers or parents just talking at them.

Similarly, The Lion King, from 1994, is a fan favourite and is based on the Shakespearean classic Hamlet. Why not just watch the film instead of trying to read Elizabethan English?

1995’s Toy Story taught kids about jealousy and friendship which are important subjects for young children starting nursery. They need to learn to share and be kind and respect others around them.

Teachers can use this to their advantage and tell jealous children to remember how Woody and Buzz overcame their problems to become best friends.

The films even deal with societal issues, such as sexism.

Mulan, from 1998, showed a strong female save a country even when she’d been thrown out and disgraced.

And Tangled (2010) had Rapunzel break free and follow her dreams.

Learning life through films is more memorable and inspiring than any old lesson at school. There’s girls who want to be like Mulan and Rapunzel and remember the hard work they put in and follow suit.

These characters are role models and teachers.

Implement Disney into schools and watch the youth grow up smarter and happier than any generation.