In the US, replacing free play with formal instruction for very young kids seems to have backfired. 

by ParentCo. May 17, 2015

The idea seems obvious: Starting sooner means learning more; the early bird catches the worm.

But a growing group of scientists, education researchers and educators say there is little evidence that this approach improves long-term achievement; in fact, it may have the opposite effect, potentially slowing emotional and cognitive development, causing unnecessary stress and perhaps even souring kids’ desire to learn.

this approach improves long-term achievement; in fact, it may have the opposite effect, potentially slowing emotional and cognitive development, causing unnecessary stress and perhaps even souring kids’ desire to learn.
Source: Let the Kids Learn Through Play - NYTimes.com


ParentCo.

Author



Also in Conversations

Your Budding Biologist Should Hatch Frog Eggs This Spring

by ParentCo.

They're not the cutest, but they're pretty fascinating.

Continue Reading

sun's rays fall on the boy's face inside a dark room
How Long Does the Pain of Bullying Last?

by ParentCo.

Bullying can have long term impact on mental health. These days parents don’t just have to watch for traditional bullying such as physical violence, taunts and social exclusion, we also have to monitor for cyber-bullying. If bullying happens, how can you help?

Continue Reading

Human brain learning tendency with sparling bulb
Want to Be Happier This Year? Learn Your Tendency

by ParentCo.

Knowing our tendency can impact how we parent, how we interact with others, and how much grace we offer ourselves.

Continue Reading