October 28, 2015

 

“My son is gifted at creative play – you should see the forts he builds in our living room!” When is the last time you heard a parent brag about his child’s play habits? Instead, here in America, parents emphasize early reading skills or mastery of math facts. We’ve b...

January 16, 2015

This week, Defending the Early Years and the Alliance for Childhood released a report titled Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose outlining the potentially damaging effects of the Common Core standards for kindergarten students. Citing n...

January 9, 2015

A student should not be promoted to the next grade if he or she has not been earning passing grades or is unable to do grade-level work. Almost any citizen will agree with this statement; even President Obama told the Washington Post in 2010, “This notion that we shoul...

December 26, 2014

Nationally, there is a growing trend towards assessing all incoming kindergartners to ensure that teachers and schools are meeting their academic needs. Currently, 34 states either require some form of these assessments or have a plan for them; using federal grant fund...

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