Which is more important for kindergartners: Study time or playtime?
It's a thorny question being hashed out in public policy and school districts in light of the No Child Left Behind Act, and now it's being hashed out in the New York Times. Here's a great snippet:
According to “Crisis in the Kindergarten,” a report recently released by the Alliance for Childhood, a nonprofit research and advocacy group, all that testing is wasted: it neither predicts nor improves young children’s educational outcomes. More disturbing, along with other academic demands, like assigning homework to 5-year-olds, it is crowding out the one thing that truly is vital to their future success: play.
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