Category: David Elkind

Giants In The Nursery | Quote 01796

In my talks at early childhood centers and in numerous letters and e-mails from experienced early childhood professionals, I hear the same sad story. The pressures for testing, homework, and the elimination of play are unrelenting. Too many of our best early childhood educators are leaving the field because they cannot, in good conscience, engage in the age-inappropriate practices they are being forced to impose on young children.

The Power Of Play | Quote 01760

Play is not a luxury but rather a crucial dynamic of healthy physical, intellectual, and social-emotional development at all age levels.

The Hurried Child-25Th Anniversary Edition | Quote 01158

Many children acquire learned helplessness at school when they are confronted with learning tasks that are too difficult for their level of ability. Some children, for example, fail to learn to read because the way in which it is taught confronts them with a task they cannot comprehend or control. Under these circumstances the learned helplessness response is produced and the child retreats from any experience having to do with reading…

Miseducation | Quote 00552

Infants and young children are not just sitting twiddling their thumbs, waiting for their parents to teach them to read or do math. They are expending a vast amount of time and effort in exploring and understanding their immediate world. Healthy education supports and encourages this spontaneous learning.

Miseducation | Quote 00544

Early childhood is a very important period of life. It is a period when children learn an enormous amount about the everyday world. It is also the time during which young children acquire lifelong attitudes toward themselves, toward others, and toward learning. But it is not the time for formal academic instruction.

Giants In The Nursery | Quote 00469

It is a sad fact that what we do in education at any point in history often seems to have little or nothing to do with what we know to be good pedagogy for children.

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