"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Friday, May 28, 2010

preschool will be school in Kalamazoo

In Kalamazoo, preschool will be school

Sent to the Detroit News, May 24, 2010

Kalamazoo is now putting more focus on literacy in preschool to prepare children for a more demanding kindergarten, which will include more instruction on reading, writing, science, history and math ("Kalamazoo schools create college culture," May 24).
Clearly, in Kalamazoo, preschool will no longer be preschool. It will be school.

If we toughen up preschool, will there soon be pressure to toughen up (and require) toddler programs to prepare for preschool? And then what? Prenatal literacy training?

Stephen Krashen

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100524/SCHOOLS/5240313/1026/schools/Kalamazoo-schools-create-college-culture#ixzz0oyfpvlAk

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