You snooze you lose, even in kindergarten

From: Bill Barowy (
Date: Tue Mar 16 2004 - 10:40:43 PST

Looks like these educators have groked the developmental principle that
"timing is everything". |-O

Time May Be Up for Naps in Pre-K Class

By Nancy Trejos
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, March 15, 2004; Page A01


 "Nap time needs to go away," Prince George's County schools chief AndrĂ© J.
Hornsby said during a recent meeting with Maryland legislators. "We need to
get rid of all the baby school stuff they used to do."

"Educators including Hornsby and Smith find themselves under growing pressure
to make school more rigorous -- even in the earliest grades -- in the belief
that children who are behind academically by age 6 or 7 have a difficult time
catching up. "The time is very precious," Smith said. "When they come into
first grade or kindergarten for the first time, they learn within a few weeks
of the school experience that they're not as capable, and that's a burden
that is extremely damaging."

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