How ‘twisted’ early childhood education has become — from a child development expert
We have decades of research in child development and neuroscience that tell us that young children learn actively — they have to move, use their senses, get their hands on things, interact with other kids and teachers, create, invent. But in this twisted time, young children starting public pre-K at the age of 4 are expected to learn through “rigorous instruction.”
Now, when young children start school, they often spend their first days not getting to know their classroom and making friends. They spend their first days getting tested. Here are words from one mother as this school year began:
“My daughter’s first day of kindergarten — her very first introduction to elementary school — consisted almost entirely of assessment. She was due at school at 9:30, and I picked her up at 11:45. In between, she was assessed by five different teachers, each a stranger, asking her to perform some task. By the time I picked her up, she did not want to talk about what she had done in school, but she did say that she did not want to go back. She did not know the teachers’ names. She did not make any friends. Later that afternoon, as she played with her animals in her room, I overheard her drilling them on their numbers and letters.”
The Washington Post
The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland
Children learn so well through play. They don’t even realize that they are learning because they’re so interested in what they’re doing.
Those things you learn without joy you will forget easily.
Machen Krippen aggressiv?
In Krippen betreute Kinder leiden unter massiven Stressbelastungen. Die Erhöhung des »Stresshormons Cortisol« entspreche den Werten hochbelasteter Topmanager.
Was aber geschieht mit Kindern, die zwanzigmal in einer halben Stunde statt ihres Namens Max ein schrilles »Maahaax« hören, die permanent mit Ausrufen wie »Maahaax naheiinn«, »Schon wieder«, »Immer Du«, »Lass das«, »Das habe ich schon hundert Mal gesagt« malträtiert werden?
Education in Finland
In Finland high quality daycare and nursery-kindergarten are considered critical for developing the cooperation and communication skills necessary to prepare young children for lifelong education as well as formal learning of reading and mathematics.
Finnish early childhood education emphasizes respect for each child’s individuality and the chance for each child to develop as a unique person. Finnish early educators also guide children in the development of social and interactive skills, encourage them to pay attention to other people’s needs and interests, to care about others, and to have a positive attitude toward other people, other cultures, and different environments.