What can you remember about your preschool, kindergarten or early school years?
Possibly not a lot, but whatever you do remember probably bears little resemblance to the preschools and kindergarten of today.
There has been a trend for preschools to become more structured, and to offer more formalised learning programs, leaving less time for unstructured play and simple fun.
Many parents and teachers will argue that this is a good thing. That it improves their child’s “school readiness” which leads to better learning outcomes in primary and later in secondary school. That it is necessary to give children the best opportunity in today's hypercompetitive world.
A new book by Yale University Professor Erika Christakis argues that the trend to push academic goals down to preschool is actually not good for children.