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Kids haven't changed; kindergarten has

from The Harvard Education Letter

Oct. 19, 2010 issue: In the ongoing battle over kindergarten — Has exploratory play been shunted aside for first-grade-style pencil-and-paper work? — one of the nation's oldest voices in child development is weighing in with historic data. The Gesell Institute for Human Development, named for pioneering founder of the Yale Child Study Center, Arnold Gesell, and known worldwide for its popular parenting series Your 1-year-old through Your 10- to 14-year-old, shared the results of an 18-month study at a conference in New Haven, Conn. The national study, undertaken to determine how child development in 2010 relates to Gesell's historic observations, used key assessment items identical to those Gesell created as the basis for his developmental "schedules" which were published in 1925, 1940, and after his death by colleagues Louise Bates Ames and Frances Ilg in 1964 and 1979. more

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