...what if a necessary component of improving the long-term prospects of small children from disadvantaged backgrounds is not accelerating through childhood, but purposefully lingering in it?
Kaplan's piece also opens the door for important conversations about race, poverty and education. The following is the comment left by DEY's Senior Advisor, Nancy Carlsson-Paige:
This is a terrific article that I will share widely. Thanks, Emily, for seeing through the smokescreen of rote learning
and chants for success which have just about nothing to do with real learning in the early years. Thanks too for great descriptions of developmentally sound education–the place where kids gain the deep capacities for real success: thinking deeply, solving problems, imagining and creating, inventing, getting along with others, gaining confidence socially and as learners. And thanks to Dienne for naming exactly a problem we white early childhood educators have. We need stronger alliances, more diverse voices and more trust across groups if we are going to give all young kids the best education possible. And Emily, thanks for naming poverty as an obstacle to that goal. We can’t solve it all in the schools.
Click here to read Emily Kaplan's full essay on the EduShyster blog, and don't forget to also check out the comments!