Monday, November 15, 2010

Kids Haven't Changed - Kindergarten Has

The Harvard Education Letter reports that children are being pushed to perform tasks in kindergarten before they are developmentally ready.  Just because a child can recite 3+2=5 does not mean that the child understands the concepts involved:
What’s tricky, says Guddemi, is that children can be trained to perform tasks (called “splinter skills”), such as writing names or counting. But just because “April” can pen her name doesn’t mean she can perceive letters with oblique angles. “You can train them, but the knowledge and understanding—the true learning—has not happened,” she says. “Our country has this hang up that if the child can perform, that they know.”
Read the entire article here - please!!!

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