Today we are highlighting an article from The New York Times entitled ‘What Babies Know About Physics and Foreign Languages.’ This article isn’t about what you would expect, but instead highlights how today’s culture has demanded that children learn more and more at a young age. Keep reading below for more and find out how Linder can help your child learn in and out of the classroom!
“Parents and policy makers have become obsessed with getting young children to learn more, faster. But the picture of early learning that drives them is exactly the opposite of the one that emerges from developmental science. In the last 30 years, the United States has completed its transformation to an information economy. Knowledge is as important in the 21st century as capital was in the 19th, or land in the 18th. In the same 30 years, scientists have discovered that even very young children learn more than we once thought possible. Put those together and our preoccupation with making children learn is no surprise.
The trouble is that most people think learning is the sort of thing we do in school, and that parents should act like teachers — they should direct special lessons at children to produce particular kinds of knowledge or skill, with the help of how-to books and “parenting” apps. Studies prove that high-quality preschool helps children thrive. But policy makers and educators are still under pressure to justify their investments in early childhood education. They’ve reacted by replacing pretend corners and playground time with “school readiness” tests.
But in fact, schools are a very recent invention. Young children were learning thousands of years before we had ever even thought of schools.”
At Linder Educational Coaching, we recognize that not all learning happens in a classroom or with prepared tests. We work with each child to bring out their natural learning abilities and help them succeed in a variety of methods. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your child at: http://www.lindereducationalcoaching.com/