There’s a growing backlash over the increasingly academic kindergarten curricula in which playtime is replaced with math and reading lessons that used to occur in first and second grades. Schools in Pasadena and Glen Burnie are rethinking that approach. They’re rolling out a new kindergarten curriculum in the fall that includes more opportunities for movement and play, the New York Times reports.
While that may be welcome news to parents who have been waiting for the academic pendulum to reverse course, not everyone is on board. The naysayers aren’t simply squares who obsess over test scores; they’re educators who worry over the effect that ditching academics may have on poor students.
“Middle-class parents are doing this anyway, so if we don’t do it for kids who are not getting it at home, then they are going to start at an even greater disadvantage,” Deborah Stipek, dean of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford, told the New York Times.
So the suburban middle-class can hate on Common Core all they want, their kids are going to learn to read and write no matter what.
Therese Iwancio, a teacher at Cecil Elementary in economically-depressed Greenmount, told the New York Times, “I have never had a child say to me, ‘I just want to play.’”
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