Pre-school and play

This article on homeschooling complains about the drilling, testing and busy-work that goes on in American kindergartens. What interested me was this quote:

While middle-school, high-school and university education in Asia is famously competitive and demanding, most Chinese and Japanese schools (according to the Alliance for Childhood report) remain play-based until about second grade.

This matches my own experience. My kid’s kindergarten (which goes from ages 2-6) seems very lax. There are no signs of tests, drills or homework. I’m told that this all changes next year when Max starts ‘da ban’ and the pre-school starts preparing the kids for grade 1. We’ll see.

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