Rae Pica is joining a cacophony of voices calling the US national standards for kindergarteners as “developmentally inappropriate” and “unrealistic.” In her new book, What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children’s Lives, Rae shares a composite of opinions and research that gives voice to the children being pushed to learn. In this fear-based DO IT NOW mentality being pushed on parents and educators, it is a voice of reason and authenticity you’ll hear.
In episode #142 of Every Classroom Matters, I sit down with Rae Pica to hear her thoughts on early childhood standards and what is happening in early childhood education today. You can follow her on @BodyMindChild on Twitter.
With more than 90 math and reading standards including the REQUIREMENT that all children read at the end of kindergarten, these standards may not only be unrealistic but harmful to children.
There is no #stuchat twitter chat for kindergarteners to voice their concerns about what is happening to them. The megaphone for children must be the adults who listen and pay rapt attention to their condition. Many of us have a unique perspective of working with children over a period of time. We know if things are leveling up or sinking. It is our job to speak out when we see injustice.
I believe someone reading this post is uniquely positioned to be the voice for children – in fact, you may already be. Are you bravely speaking up and speaking out? Is this your calling? Then, dear friend, this is your wake-up call.