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Teach Kids When They’re Ready
May 11, 2018
Be careful what you teach. It might interfere with what they are learning.
-Magda Gerber

In a post on the Edutopia website, authors William Stixrud, Ph.D, and Ned Johnson, explain that their new book for parents, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Child More Control Over Their Lives, about “developing their kids’ sense of autonomy, has some useful insights for teachers as well.  

We now teach reading to 5-year-olds even though evidence shows it’s more efficient to teach them to read at age 7, and that any advantage gained by kids who learn to read early washes out later in childhood… The problem is that while children from the 1920s to the 1970s were free to play, laying the groundwork for key skills like self-regulation, modern kindergartners are required to read and write." 

Source: “Teach Kids When They’re Ready,” By William Stixrud, Ph.D., and Ned Johnson, February 15, 2018, Edutopia blog

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Arlene DeCicco · May 11, 2018
McKor Shalon Nursery
Cherry Hill, NJ, United States

Very interesting and enlightening article. Is it wrong to think that a low sense of control in a child, along with him feeling frustrated and embarrassed is very wrong, in advance learning when they are not altogether ready? Every child's brain development is different, and there is also a lot of peer competition today, which many times starts at home with parents. A great message from the author, which can be a wake-up call for all of us.

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