The Privilege of Play

Published in the Coastal View News

Has kindergarten changed? In last month’s Coastal View News, columnist Melinda Wittwer asked, “Has kindergarten changed that much?” She is in good company asking that question. A study out of my alma mater, the University of Virginia (shameless plug for Thomas Jefferson’s U), finds that 31 percent of kindergarten teaches surveyed in 1998 believed students should learn to read in kindergarten. In 2010, a whopping 80 percent of them did. It does look like kindergarten has changed.

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