ERIC Number: ED297878
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
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The Four-Year-Old Movement: Motivations, Outcomes and a Few Unanswered Questions.
Moore, Evelyn K.
The primary forces fueling the movement toward placing 4-year-olds in the school system are the needs of working mothers, school systems facing client shortages, and the schools' promise of increased pupil achievement. But will the achievement of children, particularly black children, increase? Black parents have several reasons to question public schools' promise of achievement. Numerous conditions stand in the way of a successful transition from the current scope of public school education to programming for 4-year-olds. Of particular consequence are conflicts between the traditions of early childhood education and those of public education; between current public school curriculum and teaching methods and those appropriate for very young children; and between the public schools' practice of testing to classify children and early childhood's developmental goals. Other obstacles are teacher training for public school certification that is oriented toward older children and does not take account of preschoolers' different learning patterns and needs, and the likelihood that proportionally few teachers in the new programs are likely to be black. Concluding remarks offer recommendations concerning the process of translating the early childhood research base into high quality public school program practices. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: The Lipman Papers: Appropriate Programs for Four-Year-Olds; see PS 017 508.