The Oregonian recently published an online op-ed column with the following headline: Kindergarten test results a ‘sobering snapshot’.
Washington Post education reporter Valerie Strauss wrote an article about the headline entitled, “A very scary headline about kindergarteners”. In her article, she asks two important questions – what could be sobering about these test results and what kind of tests are they giving to kindergarteners?
According to Strauss, in September 2013, every kindergarten student at a public school in Oregon was required to take a readiness exam in September 2013 to see how many letters, numbers, and sounds they knew.
There has been a push to turn kindergarten into the new “first grade”.
This focus on testing and accountability is problematic because children need to be given time to learn at their own speed. People, especially children learn in different ways. It is important for children to understand what they are learning and for them to want to learn. If they are not motivated about learning, they will not be able to succeed in school.
Hobson stresses an important point on his blog – whatever happened to storytime?
Stories are how people learn, especially young children.
For thousands of years, stories have been the primary method of teaching.
On November 13, 2009, at the Using Drama in Language Learning Workshop at SOAS, University of London, Mario Rinvolucri delivered a keynote presentation that stressed storytelling as the oldest language teaching technique.
Storytime plays an important role in introducing children to books, which can help foster a desire to read. But more importantly, storytelling promotes creativity, a foundation for a successful future.
In previous blogs, I wrote about the important role that creativity plays in education and in the workplace.
Life is an adventure that requires creativity and imagination, both of which are important tools that help people become successful in life.
Storytelling promotes creativity and helps children develop critical thinking skills.
Without storytime, young children will be denied the opportunity to use their imagination to explore new ideas and opportunities.