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Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School {@ Slate}

New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire.
Teaching is a very effective way to get children to learn something specific…. But it also makes children less likely to discover unexpected information and to draw unexpected conclusions.

Why might children behave this way? Adults often assume that most learning is the result of teaching and that exploratory, spontaneous learning is unusual. But actually, spontaneous learning is more fundamental.

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