first do no harm

“The results are clear: When at-risk children get inappropriate early education it has a lasting negative effect. Yet millions of young children in recent years have been subjected to schooling that demands too much too soon. We are not reducing the learning gap with such methods; we are intensifying the problems. It is time for educators and policymakers to adopt the rule that guides the medical community: First, do no harm.”

(referencing the effects of too much direct instruction, or teaching “from a book” with a correct answer in mind, from The HighScope Preschool Curriculum Comparison Study, p. 3)

Every adult needs to read this article. If you’re an ECE teacher, if you teach or work in an elementary school with early childhood classes, if your district has preschool classes, if you have a young child, just read it. Our kids deserve it.