Thursday, April 29, 2010

Quote: The Three R's

Parents teaching their children at home have an exciting opportunity. Future progress in education can happen more in the homes than in the schools. One reason is that parents can use real-life situations for teaching. Another reason is that parents have the advantage of using the child's early years. As more parents become interested in teaching, society is likely to develop a new attitude toward these early years. No longer will we want to put children in classrooms earlier and earlier. Home is the best environment.
Ruth Beechick in The Three R's

Unfortunately, I disagree a little. I think home is the best environment for most children, but the push for early education programs in this country seems to be convincing more and more people that all children are best put into "educational" daycare programs and preschools earlier and earlier. Except for those of us who intend to educate our children at home well into the early elementary years, if not longer.

I understand the need for quality child care, but it makes me a little sad to see people who truly think they are doing what's best for their children by placing them in a daycare or preschool program when they'd be much better off keeping the little ones at home to play games and read stories with Mom or Dad.

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