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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

Părinții români fac educație prin critică. Peste 600.000 de copii sunt diagnosticați cu anxietate și depresie
Critica este principala formă de educaţie a părinţilor români. Iar notele pe care le iau copiii la şcoală devin sensul vieţii aceloraşi părinţi, spun psihologii. Tot ei avertizează că, din cauza presiunii la care sunt supuşi acasă, peste 600.000 de copii sunt diagnosticaţi oficial cu anxietate şi depresie.
„Este concurenţa foarte mare şi de aceea ar fi bine să se descurce în viaţă, să ştie cât mai multe limbi străine, să aibă cunoştinţe din cât mai multe domenii. Nu avem pretenţii să fie primul, dar nici ultimul din clasă nu ne-ar pica bine. E important să fie printre primii”.

Talentatul domn Mirescu. În care România Curată descoperă persoana care răspunde de slaba calitate a examenelor și programelor școlare
La română, la tezele unice, elevilor li se cerea să analizeze un text din ”Triumful talentului” de Ion Luca Caragiale, schiță bazată pe două personaje cu nume (aproape) similare, Ghiță Nițescu și Niță Ghițescu. Unul, bun caligraf, dar fără pile, celălalt, incapabil să scrie, dar cu relații. Cei doi sunt confundați în urma unui examen la caligrafie pentru intrarea în serviciul public de către un examinator incompetent și se crează, în acest fel, o situație hilară și o critică a capacității administrative din România. Cele două nume au fost confundate însă și de cei care au redactat subiectele, iar pe foaia de teză Ghiță a apărut, din greșeală, în locul lui Niță. Eroarea a dat peste cap price posibilă interpretare a lui Caragiale, și a afectat examenul.
România Curată

Kultusminister: Der Unsinn der Elitenförderung
Kinder aus privilegierten Familien profitieren praktisch immer überdurchschnittlich von der Begabtenförderung. Das zeigen bisher nahezu alle Evaluationen.
Warum sollte man ausgerechnet diejenigen besonders fördern, die ohnehin schon die besten Voraussetzungen haben? Die aus Familien stammen, die sich locker teuren Geigenunterricht und Sprachreisen für die Kinder leisten können?
Der Befund zeigt eher, dass es sich vor allem lohnt, die Schwachen zu fördern. Und es ist ja bei Weitem nicht so, dass es keine Bildungsverlierer mehr gäbe: 14 Prozent der Schüler lesen laut Pisa-Studie so schlecht, dass sie einem Text einfache Informationen nicht richtig entnehmen können. Weniger als früher, aber immer noch zu viele.

Let the Kids Learn Through Play
“I’ve seen it many, many times in many, many classrooms — kids being told to sit at a table and just copy letters. They don’t know what they’re doing. It’s heartbreaking.”
A psychology professor at the University of North Florida studied 343 children who had attended a preschool class that was “academically oriented”. By the end of the fourth grade those who had received more didactic instruction earned significantly lower grades than those who had been allowed more opportunities to learn through play.
Another study looked at a group of 83 students over several years and found that those who started at age 5 had lower reading comprehension than those who began learning later.
Play is essential to their development. They need to learn to persevere, to control attention, to control emotions. Kids learn these things through playing.
New York Times

Aur amar
Povară mai grea decât a căra în spate vise care nu-s ale tale – străduindu-te să le îndeplineşti – nu cred că există-n lumea asta.
cioara vopsită

Students used to take drugs to get high. Now they take them to get higher grades
The use of so-called ‘smart drugs’, bought on the internet, to boost mental performance is rife in British universities. So can we all benefit from ‘having an edge’, or is it just a form of cheating that should be banned?
“It’s not that it makes you more intelligent. It’s just that it helps you work. You can study for longer. You don’t get distracted. You’re actually happy to go to the library and you don’t even want to stop for lunch. And then it’s like 7pm, and you’re still, ‘Actually, you know what? I could do another hour.’”
The Guardian

Learn math without fear, Stanford expert says
People with “number sense” are those who can use numbers flexibly, she said. For example, when asked to solve the problem of 7 x 8, someone with number sense may have memorized 56, but they would also be able to use a strategy such as working out 10 x 7 and subtracting two 7s (70-14).
When students are stressed – such as when they are solving math questions under time pressure – the working memory becomes blocked and the students cannot as easily recall the math facts they had previously studied. This particularly occurs among higher achieving students and female students.
Some estimates suggest that at least a third of students experience extreme stress or “math anxiety” when they take a timed test, no matter their level of achievement. “When we put students through this anxiety-provoking experience, we lose students from mathematics.”
Fluency Without Fear: Research Evidence on the Best Ways to Learn Math Facts

In education-crazy South Korea, top teachers become multimillionaires
This is a society in which you have to get into the right kindergarten, so that you can get into the right elementary school, then into the right middle school and high school, and finally into the right college. Which, of course, gets you the right job and scores you the right spouse. Here, teaching pays: Cha said he earned a cool $8 million last year.
Washington Post