The Crisis in Early Education: A Research-Based Case for More Play and Less Pressure
by Joan Almon and Edward Miller
This four-page article succinctly makes the case for play-based education.
The crisis in early education in the U.S. continues unabated. Policymakers persist in ignoring the huge discrepancy between what we know about how young children learn and what we actually do in preschools and kindergartens.
Numerous studies—some extending over decades—show the effectiveness of play-based education that combines hands-on learning with child-initiated play. But that research is largely ignored. Instead, short-term studies that show gains in discrete skills like letter and number recognition are increasingly used to justify didactic and even scripted instruction for young children—with disastrous effects for many of them… click to continue reading