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The Importance of Being Little
Author: Erika Christakis

ISBN: 9780525429074
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 378
Published: 9 February 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9 x 3.3
Description:
To a four-year-old watching bulldozers at a construction site or chasing butterflies in flight, the world is awash with promise.

Little children come into the world hardwired to learn in virtually any setting and about any matter. Yet in today's preschool and kindergarten classrooms, learning has been reduced to scripted lessons and suspect metrics that too often undervalue a child's intelligence while overtaxing the child's growing brain. These mismatched expectations wreak havoc on the family: parents fear that if they choose the 'wrong' program, their child won't get into the 'right' college. But Yale early childhood expert Erika Christakis says our fears are wildly misplaced. Our anxiety about preparing and safeguarding our children's future seems to have reached a fever pitch at a time when, ironically, science gives us more certainty than ever before that young children are exceptionally strong thinkers.a In her pathbreaking book, Christakis explains what it's like to be a young child in America today, in a world designed by and for adults, where we have confused schooling with learning.

She offers real-life solutions to real-life...

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