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Test prep for 5-year-olds is a real thing. Here’s what it looks like.

Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet, September 2, 2015 Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post It’s no secret that for some years now, kindergarten, once a time when youngsters spent the day learning through structured play, has become focused on academics, forcing young kids to sit in their chairs working for far longer […]

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The elements of an E-12 deal for Minnesota are present

Lori Sturdevant, Star Tribune, May 23, 2015 The School Readiness program could be the catalyst in special-session discussions. We’ll get to the Legislature’s impending special session in a moment. First, a Perpich story: It was September 1985, and my reporting assignment involved traipsing around the state with DFL Gov. Rudy Perpich. It wasn’t easy for […]

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Report debunks ‘earlier is better’ academic instruction for young children

Answer Sheet, Valerie Strauss, April 12, 2015 Four- and 5-year-old students listen to their teacher, Angie Clark, read at a Des Moines elementary school in 2011. (Steve Pope/AP) The debate about appropriate curriculum for young children generally centers on two options: free play and basic activities vs. straight academics (which is what many kindergartens across […]

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Report: Requiring kindergartners to read — as Common Core does — may harm some

Valerie Strauss, Washington Post’s Answer Sheet, January 13, 2015   The Common Core State Standards call for kindergartners to learn how to read, but a new report by early childhood experts says that forcing some kids to read before they are ready could be harmful. Two organizations that advocate for early childhood education — Defending […]

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The Case for the New Kindergarten: Challenging and Playful

Daphna Bassok, Amy Claessens, and Mimi Engel, Education Week; Commentary, June 3, 2014 Kindergarten in the United States is not what it used to be. For one thing, it’s longer. In 1998, only about 56 percent of children attended full-day kindergarten. Today, that figure is 80 percent,according to our research. Kindergarten classrooms are also far more […]

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