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

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Monday, June 13, 2011

Childhood's end

Sent to the Indianapolis Star, June 13, 2011

Re: "Summer program helps kids learn the ins and outs of kindergarten" (June 13, 2011)

The idea of "preparing" children for kindergarten means that kindergarten is not kindergarten: It is school.

If we have to prepare children for kindergarten, shouldn't we also prepare them for kindergarten prep? When will this end? Prenatal literacy training?

Stephen Krashen


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