Saturday, June 18, 2005

Bad educator ideas

Friday was the last day of school, and my kid was sent home with a pamphlet saying:
Summer Support Activities for first and second graders

Read to your child daily. This is the best thing that any
parent can do.
Then the principal herself told me some crazy story about how accelerated students are at risk for teenage suicide.

A problem with these educators is that they pay no attention to actual research on what works and what does not. Her ideas about accelerated students are completely false. And studies have found no benefit from parents reading to kids. It may even be more beneficial for a kid to watch TV than to listen to a parent read from a book.

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