Crossroads Publication

post_pic_4A false debate rages among parents and even educators these days: play versus academic content. While there’s no question academic expectations for our youngest learners have risen over the last 20 years, there are lots of good

questions being asked about how we’re changing their classroom experiences to meet the new demands.

We all know that kindergarten is the new first grade and we’re arguing over whether Common Core is appropriate for the youngest students. But those arguments can get pretty muddy. Charges that increased academic demands crowd out time for free play, get mixed up with the criticism that we’re teaching young kids with worksheets rather than hands-on learning experiences. Both aren’t good, but they are different problems, with different solutions.

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