Friday, November 11, 2005

Social Skills Suffer with Too Much Preschool

So says this article. I haven't read it yet, I'm posting it here mainly to preserve it for myself to read later.

Here's another, less recent, one. Again, its for my reading pleasure later. I've been known to beat the anti-UP drum.

Though many feel that preschool is important and are willing to lay out the bucks. Even those across the pond.


Anne Zelenka said...

I read about that Stanford study, and I have to admit, it was one of those cases where I wanted to dismiss it away since it conflicted with one of my cherished views, that early daycare and preschool, even a lot of it, is just fine.

To me, the most interesting finding was that in better-off families, long hours of preschool appeard to suppress emotional and social development. I can see that: perhaps that's why Henry had some social and coping problems during preschool. I think he has caught up but it's sobering to realize the effects that long hours in preschool may have had.

Marjorie said...

I still haven't read the articles yet. I think the utility in them lies in the idea of countering conventional wisdom that preschool is necessary or even desirable. In the end, there are lots of factors that go into development other than schooling -- its nice to see articles that say 'wait, lets think about this' just because many times it seems we hear 'you must do this or that.' Thats why I also linked the very pro-preschool sites.