Trend Watch: Extreme Rote Teaching Growing in Popularity

Rae Pica with Joan Almon

Joan Almon,Chair of the U.S. Alliance for Childhood, sounds the alarm on an increasingly popular trend toward scripted kindergartens and pre-schools. Joan explains how the focus outcomes has led to teachers being required to follow very specific scripts without deviation. The research indicates that this type of extreme rote teaching doesn’t work yet the trend is growing, adversly impacting teachers and children.

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May 8, 2009
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Joan Almon is the chair of the U.S. Alliance for Childhood (, a broad-based group advocating social change for children to improve their overall health and well-being. The Alliance currently places a special focus on the restoration of creative play in the lives of children.
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