All Work And No Play...: How Educational Reforms Are Harming Our Preschoolers

Hardcover | October 31, 2003

bySharna Olfman

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"Testing and technology" has become a mantra in American schools, reaching down as far as kindergarten and preschool as politicians and policymakers aim to ensure that our country has a competitive edge in today's information-based economy. But top educators and child development experts are battling such reforms. Here, educators, neurologists, and psychologists explain how the high-stakes testing movement, and the race to wire classrooms, is actually stunting our children's intellects, blocking brain development and sometimes fueling mental illness. These experts, including a Pulitzer-Prize nominee, explain why play is not a luxury, but rather a necessity of learning. This book also spotlights a program at Yale University that, in response to the dearth of play in preschool curricula, emphasized learning through play for youngsters. Children who participated scored significantly higher on tests of school readiness. In addition, an internationally recognized expert explains why--in striking contrast to U.S. policies starting academics in preschool--several European countries are raising the age when they begin formal schooling to 6 or 7.

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"Testing and technology" has become a mantra in American schools, reaching down as far as kindergarten and preschool as politicians and policymakers aim to ensure that our country has a competitive edge in today's information-based economy. But top educators and child development experts are battling such reforms. Here, educators, neur...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.76 × 6.36 × 0.86 inPublished:October 31, 2003Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275977684

ISBN - 13:9780275977689

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"Exposes the fraud of the so-called educational reform movement that now has schools everywhere in its grip. The book shows vividly the damage being done to millions of children by this 'reform.' The 'reform's' rigid, one-sided emphasis on standards, accountability, testing, and educational computerization at every age level, has been accompanied by a near total sacrifice of early childhood play, body movement, oral story telling, handwork, the arts, and warm human relationships, all shown by extensive research to be crucial to healthy child development, including intellectual development. This book is desperately needed, essential reading for parents, teachers, and educational policy makers at all levels of our troubled society."-Douglas Sloan, Professor of History and Education Emeritus Teachers College, Columbia University