...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
...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
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
"If we teach our
children early enough, it will affect the organization, or 'wiring,' of
- Michael Phelps, UCLA biophysicist
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
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
Published: July 27, 2010