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Study: Children need time to develop

from New Haven Register via Teacher Magazine

If you're pushing preschoolers to read and write, you might want to reconsider and rewind back to basics, experts said. In a nation "consumed with sooner and faster," including in education, young students are being pushed academically at the expense of developing crucial social and problem-solving skills, Gesell Institute of Human Development Executive Director Marcy Guddemi said, in announcing results of a three-year study. Guddemi, who highlighted the study at a press conference as the institute prepares for its 60th anniversary year, said children are developing at the same rate neurologically as they did when Dr. Arnold Gesell did his pioneering work in the 1940s, yet, they’re being pushed to do everything sooner. more

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