Is Kindergarten, Not Preschool, Key to 'Reimagining' Early Education?

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To the Editor:

Michael J. Kaufman, Sherelyn R. Kaufman, and Elizabeth C. Nelson, the authors of the Commentary "Reimagining Early-Childhood Education," state that we should regard preschoolers as capable, curious, creative, caring, connected individuals who can naturally develop meaningful relationships from which knowledge and well-being are constructed.

These statements are also true of virtually every 5-year-old entering kindergarten. Why then the national push for preschool education? A national kindergarten program built on these principles would seem to negate the rush into expensive preschool education.

Lawrence Schlack
Professor of Educational Leadership (Retired)
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Mich.

Vol. 34, Issue 12, Page 23

Published in Print: November 12, 2014, as Is Kindergarten, Not Preschool, Key To 'Reimagining' Early Education?
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