Monday, June 12, 2017

Nothing abstract about the lessons of play By Wendy Lecker - Wait What?

Nothing abstract about the lessons of play By Wendy Lecker - Wait What?:

Nothing abstract about the lessons of play By Wendy Lecker

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Last week, The New York Times unwittingly provided an example of how bad education policy is made. A front-page article trumpeted “Free play or flashcards? A new study nods to more rigorous preschools.”
The study the article featured purportedly proved that frequent, direct instruction of “academic” content in preschool yielded more “cognitive gains” than play-based preschool. The study even contended that preschools that do not engage in enough direct academic instruction “may be doing their young charges a disservice.” The study’s author, Bruce Fuller, denigrated play, declaring that “(s)imply dressing up like a firefighter or building an exquisite Lego edifice may not be enough.”
However, Fuller’s study did not prove that “academically oriented” preschools help children learn better.
The study showed simply that children who were exposed to instruction regarding phonics, simple writing and counting manipulatives frequently in preschool, and then were tested on these discrete skills near the beginning of kindergarten, did better on those tests than children who were not exposed at all or as frequently to this instruction.
Of course if one instructs a child on something and tests her on it soon Nothing abstract about the lessons of play By Wendy Lecker - Wait What?:
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