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Posted Monday September, 28th 2020

Why schools — now more than ever — should let young kids learn through play (not worksheets)

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Nancy Carlsson-Paige is an early-childhood development expert who has been at the forefront of the debate on how best to educate very young students. She is a professor emerita of education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., where she taught teachers for more than 30 years and was a founder of the university’s Center for Peaceable Schools. She is also a founding member of a nonprofit organization called Defending the Early Years, which commissions research about early-childhood education and advocates for sane policies for young children.

Carlsson-Paige is author of “Taking Back Childhood.” The mother of two artist sons, Matt and Kyle Damon, she is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Legacy Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps for work over several decades on behalf of children and families.

She has written before on this blog about how young children learn through play and how early-childhood education has been twisted over the past few decades by policies that focused on raising standardized test scores and pushed academic work into preschool.

Here is her new piece about reimagining early-childhood education, followed by links to some of her earlier essays on this blog.

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