Diane Marie, writing for Truth About Education:
If we teach reading, writing, subtraction and addition before children are ready, they might memorize these skills, but will they will not learn or understand them. And it will not help their achievement later on.
Child development experts understand that children must learn what their brains are ready to absorb. Kindergarten is supposed to set the stage for learning academic content when they are older. If they are going to push our kindergarten children to move faster, what does that say for the push for “educating” Pre-K?
As a former early childhood dev student, this new model for kindergarten — pushing more and more for academics — goes against everything I was ever taught about how children learn and developmentally appropriate practice. Today's kindergarten certainly isn't the kindergarten I remember.