Our ‘Twisted’ Pre-K Education

Pre-K students play with educational toys at the South Education Center, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Pre-K students play with educational toys at the South Education Center in San Antonio. (Eric Gay/AP)

Last month, Nancy Carlsson-Paige received the Deborah Meier Hero in Education Award. In her acceptance speech, Carlsson-Paige stunned listeners when she said, “Never in my wildest dreams could I have foreseen the situation we find ourselves in today…where education policies that do not reflect what we know about how young children learn could be mandated and followed.”


Nancy Carlsson-Paige, professor emerita of early childhood education at Lesley University.


 The Washington Post: How ‘Twisted’ Early Childhood Education Has Become — From A Child Development Expert

  • “Play is the primary engine of human growth; it’s universal — as much as walking and talking. Play is the way children build ideas and how they make sense of their experience and feel safe. Just look at all the math concepts at work in the intricate buildings of kindergartners. Or watch a 4-year-old put on a cape and pretend to be a superhero after witnessing some scary event.”

POLITICO: Nancy Carlsson-Paige: ‘Dark Time’ For Education

  • “This is a dark time and a really difficult time in education because there has become almost an obsession with testing…There’s a policy push to evaluate teachers with test scores, to evaluate schools with test scores. All this has narrowed the curriculum tremendously and has put teachers in a place of fear.”

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