How Today’s Preschools Are Actually Harming Your Kids
Parents have the best of intentions when they send their kids off to preschool. For the most part, they also have certain expectations — that their kids will learn the “important” skills necessary to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. And that’s why so many preschools today focus on academically minded activities, like prereading and the practice of sorting, counting, and coloring.
And that type of environment is likely to yield students who test above average in writing and math. The only thing is, it’s the wrong approach . . . and it’s setting our children up for failure.
Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist, believes children — her daughter included — are struggling with social and sensory issues at an increasingly young age and sees it as “a growing epidemic” that will only get worse the more we as parents and educators push for academic readiness too early.
Some signs of these issues? She interviewed a respected preschool director who listed them:
- They are more easily frustrated, often crying at the drop of a hat
- They frequently fall out of their seats several times a day
- They are less attentive
- They run into each other and even the walls
- They have difficulty paying attention
- They can’t control their emotions and use poor problem-solving methods
- They have a hard time with basic social interactions
“It is so strange,” the director noted. “You never saw…