Effects of kindercramming
I would like to comment on the article, "Cramming for kindergarten," featured in your August 2008 issue.
The article states "brain research has revealed that a young child’s mind can learn and comprehend much more than previously believed." I would have appreciated more elaboration on who did the research and exactly what type of learning they were talking about. A young child must be able to learn much just to understand and navigate his world. There are many everyday lessons that we take for granted that a little child simply doesn’t know because he hasn’t experienced it. Just because they are little sponges waiting to soak up knowledge doesn’t mean they are ready for academics. According to the late Dr. Raymond Moore in his book, Better Late Than Early, a young child’s hearing, eyesight, reasoning ability and emotional stability are not mature enough for academic work until a child is 8. For boys, it can be even later as their development is typically a year or more behind girls. His research and reviews included more than 8,000 studies from across the U.S. and around the world. Books by David Elkind also corroborate the above findings. I hope that parents carefully research the long-range effects of pushing children. There is a large body of evidence to suggest that superbabies often become troubled teens and adults. I applaud Gillian McNamee of the Erikson Institute for her comments in the story that served to balance the "early academics" argument.
Julie Brow Polanco
Save our planet
As a kid, from my point of view, I think that the earth is being abused and may be in danger. I am concerned that when I grow up the earth will be so polluted that people will not be able to enjoy life or live here any longer.
Based on this perspective, do you or your family do anything special to help save the earth? Well if you don’t or think you don’t do enough, I’ll give you some tips.
1. First, you should recycle everything that is plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, etc.
2. If you can walk to the grocery store, do it.
3. If you can bicycle to the dry cleaners, do that also.
4. If solar-powered garden lights are affordable, buy them.
5. If your house does not have very many plants or trees, you should plant some more.
6. Also, don’t watch too much television or use any unnecessary electricity if possible.
7. Lastly, you should look for companies that are environmentally friendly and support them.
Now that I have given the tips on how to "be green," it’s time for you to read my educational cartoon (above) starring me, the Kid Coach.
Sam J. Dimmick, 11, The Kid Coach
My Life hits home
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the My Life article "The plight of preschool" written by Lisa Stukel (August).
It really "hit home" for me as I sent my little guy off to preschool last week.
I enjoy reading the entire magazine each month but especially enjoy the articles that have the ability to reach me just when I need them the most!