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Barnomsorgen har förändrats men barnen har det inte

13 Nov

Skolifieringen av barnomsorgen går vidare, men liksom Mats gillar jag inte den trenden.

Mats länkar till en artikel som heter 4 Reasons To Ditch Academic Preschools där det står en del intressanta saker.

Kindergarten has evolved from being a time for play, socialization, cartons of milk (loved them!) and afternoon naps to structured lessons in reading, writing and arithmetic. The Gesell Institute for Human Development recently “conducted 40-minute one-on-one cognitive assessments with 1,287 children ages 3–6 at 56 public and private schools in 23 states” (as reported in The Harvard Letter). They then compared the results to identical studies published in 1925, 1940, 1964 and 1979. The conclusion: Kindergarten has changed, but children haven’t.

Teaching academics earlier is not helping children develop cognitive skills any sooner. “Marcy Guddemi, executive director of the Gesell Institute, says despite ramped-up expectations, including overtly academic work in kindergarten, study results reveal remarkable stability around ages at which most children reach cognitive milestones such as being able to count four pennies or draw a circle.”

Funneling academics down to preschools to “better prepare” children to deal with an already overly academic Kindergarten experience is a waste of time, and this “miseducation”, as Dr David Elkind refers to it in Miseducation- Preschoolers at Risk, can cause “damage to a child’s self-esteem, the loss of the positive attitude a child needs for learning, the blocking of natural gifts and potential talents.”

Något att tänka på när så många här i Sverige har fått ett annat perspektiv på vad som är ”normalt” och när barn borde kunna vissa saker. Tyvärr är väl Gesell en av de mest dissande, för att inte säga hatade, psykologerna i vår tid, vilket hänger samman med det nya normala.

Artikeln avslutas med vad som kallas NAEYC indicators for an appropriate early childhood program.

  • A wide variety of materials with which children can play and experiment
  • Children making choices about activities
  • Teachers with training in early childhood education
  • Each child’s interests and abilities considered in the teacher’s plans so that each child can experience success and joy in learning

Det enda jag på rak arm saknar på den listan är närvarande vuxna.

 
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Publicerat av på 13 november 2012 i Jobbet, pedagogik

 

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