Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The balancing act of early education

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"Journalists have written quite a bit about the phenomena of affluent parents willing to do just about anything to give their kids an edge.

"Cloaking consumerism in pseudo-science that makes natural development seem to depend on the right toys--rather than just loving, talking to, reading to, and playing with your children--helps fuel this unfortunate parental instinct. This impulse among some parents creates business opportunities and it's no surprise companies are out there capitalizing on them.

"Sometimes the universal pre-kindergarten movement overemphasizes education, as well, causing opponents to complain that schooling is more important than just fostering normal, healthy development.

"These issues are worth more critical attention, I think."

Early Ed Coverage

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