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

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Stop treating 4 and 5 year olds like children

Sent to the Orlando Sentinel, Sept. 5

Pre-K testing is a step in the right direction (“Time for another test — this one for 180,000 pre-K children,” Sept. 3).
Required (not “voluntary”) testing is what we need to toughen up pre-school, and make sure it includes a full dose of pre-phonics (phonemic awareness) and math. We should require all children to know the alphabet and be able to spell their names as a condition for entering kindergarten. And let's insist that parents properly prepare their children for pre-school.
There is no hope for the US is to compete internationally if we continue to treat 4 and 5 year olds like children.

Stephen Krashen
President: Society for Kindergarten Kalculus



  1. Finally caught your sarcasm. :-)

  2. We should also do a brain scan on preshoolers to keep those with only limited mental potential out of the education spaces that the bright and genius kids would occupy. Place the failures in the streams to prepare a them for hard labour, menial jobs, prison, and politics.