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Book Title: Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk|
Date of issue: November 12th 1987
ISBN 13: 9780394756349
The author of the book: David Elkind
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 557 KB
Edition: Knopf Publishing Group
Read full description of the books Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk:While this book was written a few decades ago, it contains very pertinent information about our society's sad need to educate earlier and harder. Just today I read an article about a mother suing her daughter's preschool for $19,000, claiming the school ruined her child's chances at an Ivy League education by "only" teaching colors and letters. In PRESCHOOL, mind you.
This book does a nice job of describing the different types of pushy parents and the different ways they try to accelerate their children's learning, often with good intentions and often resulting in harm to the child. While I don't consider myself pushy, I did recognize a teeny, tiny bit of myself in some of his stories. Constant vigilance must be my new cry (Professor Moody would be so pleased.)
The stories and information are only slightly dated (with the exception of the chapter on computers, which was funny.) Definitely worth a read if you have small children.
Read information about the authorDavid Elkind is an American child psychologist and author. His groundbreaking books Miseducation informed early childhood education professionals of the possible dangers of "pushing down" the elementary curriculum into the very early years of a child's life. By doing so, he argued, teachers and parents alike could lapse into developmentally inappropriate instructional and learning practices that may distort the smooth development of learning. He is associated with the belief of decline of social markers.
He also wrote Ties that Stress: The New Family Imbalance (1994), All Grown Up and No Place To Go (1988), and Reinventing Childhood (1988). His most recent article titled, "Can We Play?", is featured in Greater Good magazine (published by the Greater Good Science Center), and discusses how play is essential to positive human development but children are playing less than in previous eras.
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