Overheard, in a moms’ conversation about kindergarten screening: “We’re breaking children.”
Sadly, it’s true. Stories about no-pressure screenings that allow children to play are rare, and stories about developmentally appropriate kindergarten classrooms are even more rare.
When “k-readiness” requires mastery of X# of sight words, and writing your first and last name, and a reminder that “by the time they are 4, they really need to buckle down and get serious” — we’re breaking children.
When parents are comparing preschoolers’ test scores and are panicking that their play-based curriculum isn’t preparing them for kindergarten — we’re breaking children.
When we focus on math fluency or literacy but ignore that childhood anxiety and mental health concerns are at an all-time high — we’re breaking children.
Speak up, please. Love them, deeply and genuinely. Play with them, every day. Celebrate and advocate for play, for childhood, and for joyful learning.
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