Monday, August 31, 2009

The Philosophy of Preschool

I’m working at an organization that researches the academic efficacy of preschool programs. Sound like an idea that is bizarre or overly intense?

It might sound less so if you consider ‘play’ as a pre-academic activity.

More people appreciate the intellectual and social aspects of play for children of all ages, nowadays. Interestingly, this infuses the ‘playing years’ with additional intellectual import.

Could growing national interest in pre-K programs reflect a broader understanding of how children learn or is it just a neurotic attempt to twist our young ones into academic machines?