I appreciate the ideas (postive and negative approaches by teachers) written about here. I want to raise a larger 30,000 foot issue: Should pre-schools be academic in nature — meaning places that start with academics (letters and numbers and the like)? Or, should they foster imagination and a sense of wonder and creativity? Is this a false dichotomy? My own view is that pre-school is primarily about non-academics (although there can be peripheral gain there). It is about ideas and reading and sharing and cultivating a deep love of the idea of learning. Stated another way: focus on the non-academic that people use to measure intelligence; focus instead of children developing a profound sense of self — and joy and belief in the power of the possible. Thoughts welcomed.

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