Published in 1987 by Dr. David Elkind, Professor of Child Study and Senior Resident Scholar at Tufts University, Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk is designed to help parents avoid the ever growing trend of the miseducation of young children . It’s findings and review of research is not only pertinent in today’s hotly debated political climate regarding education, but it is critical for any parent who is interested in their young child’s development and education.
In the 1960’s public schools were under attack for not being sufficiently
rigorous and for not providing quality education for minorities. It was in this
context that the Bloom Report found a most welcome audience. If children did not do well in science and math, it was held, it was because of inadequate
preparation on the preschool level. Likewise, if disadvantaged youngsters did
poorly in public school, it was not necessarily because of the poor quality of
the public school education, but rather because the children came to school
poorly prepared. Bloom’s argument for the competence of young children and the
critical importance of early childhood education for later academic achievement
provided a convenient and scientifically credible excuse for the poor academic
achievement of American public school children.
“Infants and young children are not just sitting twiddling their thumbs, waiting
for their parents to teach them to read and do math. They are expending a vast
amount of time and effort in exploring and understanding their immediate
world. Healthy education supports and encourages this spontaneous
learning. Early instruction miseducates, not because it attempts to teach,
but because it attempts to teach the wrong things at the wrong time. When
we ignore what the child has to learn and instead impose what we want to teach,
we put infants and young children at risk for no purpose.” (page 25)
Home educators should note that while this book is not written specifically to advocate home education, Dr. Elkind does address homeschooling briefly (pages 41 and 162) and admits, “If you have the time and energy to provide your child with a variety of social and educational experiences, you can also provide your child a rich early-childhood program for your child at home. “
Karin Katherine is a proud stay-at-home mother of four who feels blessed to be the mother of 5 year old fraternal twin boys and two daughters, ages three and 4 months. As someone who never changed a diaper until she had children, Karin is surprised by the fact that she has been changing diapers for the past 5 years straight with no end in sight! As the 7th of 8 children, Karin feels blessed by her average size (in her mind anyway) family and wouldn’t mind a few more– God willing and her husband notwithstanding. Her biggest homeschooling dream is to one day homeschool across the United States in an RV. Please visit her new blogs Mommy Matters and Passport Academy.