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I think this report by Edward Miller and Joan Almon for the Alliance for childhood is clearly biased, but is also honest in it’s bias. It is a good starting point for discussions about kindergarten and the influence of GERM-thinking in it.
Summary of the report:
Kindergarten has changed radically in the last two decades in ways that few Americans are aware of. Children now spend far more time being taught and tested on literacy and math skills than they do learning through play and exploration, exercising their bodies, and using their imaginations. Many kindergartens use highly prescriptive curricula geared to new state standards and linked to standardized tests. In an increasing number of kindergartens, teachers must follow scripts from which they may not deviate. These practices, which are not well grounded in research, violate long-established principles of child development and good teaching. It is increasingly clear that they…
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