How We Are Setting Kids Up for Disaster in the Future, Crisis in Preschool Education:
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This may be the most important thing you will read all week.
We are laying the foundations for a major disaster in America because of the destruction of early childhood development by making preschool more academic and less based in the natural process of children learning through play and exploration. Like the permanent damage to children brought by the Flint, Michigan water contamination, the results of the current trend in early childhood education will be nothing less than a disaster for children and the nation.
The new book, The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need From Grownups, by Yale professor Erika Christakas, needs to be read by every parent, every educator, all the politicians who have been driving education into a dangerous and unjustifiable system that masks as accountability when it is merely an attempt to create a one size fits all system.
I have been calling for years for an early childhood and preschool education based on what we know from resource and practice that works. There are outstanding models we can emulate and adapt: Montessori, Waldorf, and Emilia Reggio are examples of the best. The alarm is being sounded from voices across the nation, even the New York Times finally weighed in recently. Get the book and do something to change the situation!
Read…Reflect…Share…ACT, Support Play and Exploration-Based Preschool Learning!
Source: We’re Doing Preschool All Wrong, Says New Book
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The Creative Apothecary Believes in Preschools Based on Children Playing and Exploring!