So I just read the letters from the “Kindergarten Playtime” article the Eduwonk referenced below. It seems to me that these readers are getting a little hysterical. I don’t think anyone wants to take all play away from kindergartners or other young children. The point is that once kids start school, it shouldn’t just be about the child’s “creative potential” but about his or her educational or learning potential. Many children enter kindergarten lacking the language skills that will help them develop essential literacy skills. Kindergarten teachers have to play catch-up so these children will be on track to college. It may be hard on young people to do math drills and phonics exercises, but adult poverty is even harder.
–Guest blogger Newoldschoolteacher