Friday, June 2, 2017

Studies that Honor Preschool “Rigor” Are NOT to Be Trusted

Studies that Honor Preschool “Rigor” Are NOT to Be Trusted:

Studies that Honor Preschool “Rigor” Are NOT to Be Trusted


Prerequisite to Kindergarten: Instead of demanding four-year-olds talk of geometric “attributes,” how about getting them to show up the first day of kindergarten with great big smiles on their faces?
The New York Times is praising a new study in a report titled “Free Play or Flashcards? New Study Nods to More Rigorous Preschools.” The study itself is titled “Do academic preschools yield stronger benefits? Cognitive emphasis, dosage, and early learning?” The authors are researchers from the Institute of Human Development, University of California, Berkeley and the Food and Drug Administration. But I am not going to spend much time reading this study.
The first mistake these researchers make, is that many Americans want to see the word “rigor” buried. It’s mean-spirited, and we recognize that people who use rigor and preschool, in the same breath, know little about children, or, worse, they don’t like them. So “rigorous” in the title, especially when it is getting a nod, is troubling.
It’s a study done on low and middle class children. I think many are also tired of pushing this group of children to learn. We  understand that poor and middle class students do well with all the stuff wealthy students have in school. Why didn’t this Studies that Honor Preschool “Rigor” Are NOT to Be Trusted:
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