I found this chart yesterday while participating in the Twitter #kinderchat discussion, London time zone edition. It is held Mondays at 3:30 eastern US time and is more sensible for me than the 9:00pm edition.
Conversations are exploding all over the net on the importance of play. This chart gives you some idea of where Early Childhood educators are coming from in these discussions. Unfortunately, the loudest voices in policy making are people with little hands-on classroom experience, little early childhood training, and all too often, following big business conversations. As a result, we now have more charter schools, more prescribed curricula, and cookie cutter teaching. Notice I didn’t add the word learning in there.
Our ever-changing schedules are eliminating “play.” Today I will join my peers in yet another conversation with our principal on how to add more time on learning; this time for Math. Play is never really viewed as learning time. Thanks to the folks at Stevens Cooperative School and #kinderchat for sharing this graphic.