Originally Posted by kanpope
Take a step back and think about why it is important to you to teach academics to a two year old.
Loving and Respectfully,
This is something I've been wondering a lot about lately. I've seen this issue come up a lot over the years, but it seems to be a lot more widespread now. I have to wonder where, why, when, how, and from whom, the idea has come about that such young children need to be taught the 3Rs. It sure wasn't that way when I was growing up. We got to just play in preschool, just play in kindergarten too - along with singing, being read to and having a snack and little nap. And yet, our generation got a much better education than the newspapers keep reporting that recent ones are getting.
The educrats, I think, are manipulating the population into looking the other way - toward preschool and high school students - to keep them from looking hard at what in the world is going on in the elementary schools. And now, at least in California, high school students are facing, by next year, having to pass an exit exam in order to graduate. So there are going to be a lot of kids around who will feel like failures and will be treated like failures - who will be considered high school "dropouts" and not able to get jobs.
All because the educrats are making such a mess of basic education in the elementary school years and beyond. So they try to tell us we need to make kids go to school even earlier - and that we need to make them responsible for learning all the things the system has failed to provide for them by the time they're graduation age. It brings tears to my eyes. Rambling...
If you haven't read this article yet, you'll find it very interesting and informative:
Much Too Early, by David Elkind
David Elkind, Ph.D., is a Professor in Child Development at Tufts University. He's the author of Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk, The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon (3rd edition), Reinventing Childhood: Raising and Educating Children in a Changing World, All Grown Up and No Place to Go: Teenagers in Crisis, Ties That Stress: The New Family Imbalance, and other books. He is also a Board Member: National Parenting Association and Institute for Family Values, National Forum on Leadership in Early Childhood Education. Dr. Elkin is a consultant to schools, mental health associations and private foundations. He has done local and national media presentation on subjects relating to children, youth and families. He has also co-hosted Kids These Days, weekdays and Sundays on Lifetime.
I'm not a conspiracy theory oriented type of person, but it's actually been occurring to me lately that maybe the Powers That Be actually have some economic need for a sub-class of workers who can't get good jobs. - Lillian