More work, less play makes Jack a smarter boy | Joanne

Ashley Rzonca, a preschool teacher at Woodside Community School in Queens, with students. Photo: Edu Bayer/New York Times

Preschools where teachers teach about phonics, numbers and shapes  produce cognitive gains for students — especially blacks — concludes a Berkley study. “By the end of kindergarten, children who had attended one year of “academic-oriented preschool” outperformed peers who had attended less academic-focused preschools by, on average, the equivalent of two and a half months of learning in literacy and math, reports Dana Goldstein in the New York Times.


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