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The Answer Sheet Archive: Early Childhood

D.C. reaches pre-school milestone

Today in Washington D.C. there are enough preschool and Pre-K slots for every 3- and 4-year-old seeking a spot. This is a milestone worth applauding -- but the next phase is more daunting: ensuring quality in all programs.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 26, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Early Childhood, Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  early childhood education, early education, head start, pre-k, preschool, quality pre-k  
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Time to pay attention to a reform that works

There’s an education reform strategy that has 50 years of solid research behind it, with proven results that demonstrate how to improve student achievement. It’s. a solution backed by both political parties to help narrow the achievement gap, increase high school graduation rates and reduce crime and delinquency. So why don't we focus on it like a laser beam?

By Valerie Strauss  | December 3, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Early Childhood, Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  achievement gap, early childhood education, kindergarten, pre-k, pre-kindergarten  
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Kohn: What 'ready to learn' really means

Alfie Kohn explores the real meaning of what he calls the "rather odd" phrase "ready to learn" as it is applied to young children.

By Valerie Strauss  | November 19, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Alfie Kohn, Early Childhood, Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  David McLelland, alfie kohn, early childhood education, martin haberman, readiness to learn, ready to learn  
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Why kids in school need to play

A veteran teacher asks: "Since when did the word "play" become outlawed in kindergarten?" And she explains why play is crucial for kids.

By Valerie Strauss  | September 10, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Early Childhood, Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  benefits of play, kids and play, play and kindergarten, playtime and schools  
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Ed policies ignore science on how/when kids learn

Early education expert Lisa Guernsey shows just how out of whack American public education is by looking at new science and social research.

By Valerie Strauss  | August 2, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Early Childhood, Guest Bloggers, Reading, Research  | Tags:  Lisa Guernsey, New America Foundation, early childhood development and reading, early education, early education initiative, literacy development  
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Do we need preschool graduation ceremonies?

Spend a little time watching videos of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students at graduation ceremonies, or, to save time, just take my word for it, but it's time to call a halt to these events.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 10, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Early Childhood  | Tags:  caps and gowns for kids, graduation caps for children, graduation ceremonies, kindergarten graduation, pre-k graduation ceremonies, preschool graduation  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Study says spanking can lead to aggressive behavior, Valerie Strauss , April 14, 2010
Obama’s ed reform ignores high-quality Pre-K, Valerie Strauss , April 4, 2010
Former Bush official backs student loan reform , Valerie Strauss , March 15, 2010
New claims about baby 'educational' videos, Valerie Strauss , February 22, 2010
All-Day or Half-Day Kindergarten?, Valerie Strauss , January 12, 2010
Willingham: Does chaos at home lower a kid's IQ?, Valerie Strauss , December 14, 2009
Tutors for 3-year-olds and more preschool nuttiness, Valerie Strauss , November 2, 2009
 
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