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The Middle Ages Fifth-grader craves that rare treat: idle time


...bemoan the state of American parenting. Yet her child is only 6, so she hasn't experienced the terror of trying to get a kid into a decent college these days, which has replaced marriage as the premier courtship of modern life...

Older parents feel as though no one seems to get into schools like USC or Northwestern anymore, even the outstanding students....Many colleges have sold their souls, favoring richer foreign students over American applicants.

...So, we all push harder at home, believing we can berate our children into better lives. And idle time — the simplest joy of childhood, the moment when the heartrate slows and the brain takes a breather — suffers a total hit.

...Most days, our 11-year-old has one to two hours of homework...


Why don't most well meaning/caring parents fail to value a child's time?  Why can't a child have a broad, world class education and still have time to explore on his/her own...Parents should be trying to maximize 'Educational Return on TIme (ERT)'.  If we optimize for a child's ERT, chances are not only will we free up time for fun and exploration, we will also accelerate academic progress and passionate pursuit of interests.

What Experts Have to Say about Child (Brain) Development

By 4, a child's brain is more than twice as active as an adult's...

"Children need a flood of information, a banquet, a feast."

- Martha Pierson, Baylor College of Medicine

"If we teach our children early enough, it will affect the organization, or 'wiring,' of their brains."

- Michael Phelps, UCLA biophysicist


"Almost everyone believes young children who are provided stimulating learning opportunities will have higher IQs and perform better in school,"

- Dr Edward L. Schor, MD, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics(FAAP)

"We have twice as many neuronal connections between the cells in our brains at 8 months of age as we do at 12 years of age. We seem to be programmed as a species to learn very early, during the first few years of life...'"

- Ron Lally, EdD, Director of the Center for Child and Family Studies at WestEd, San Francisco


The kind of care a child receives plays a big role in how the brain chooses to wire itself. Parents who talk and read to their babies are helping them develop important language connections. And parents who respond sensitively to their baby's cries are building the emotional connections that lead to healthier relationships.


Reading has long been the foundation of learning, self-sufficiency, and productive employment. As we move into the 21st century, all children will need to achieve levels of literacy higher than ever before in order to participate in America’s high-skill workplaces.


Should Kindergarten Children be Redshirted ?   Study indicates that the driving variable wasn’t how old the kids were, but how prepared the kids were by their preschool, day care, and home environment. The better-prepared kids learned more.


The Case for $320,000 Kindergarten Teachers




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