Interesting article. I am of the mindset that play-based Kindergarten is better and have made a deliberate choice to put my daughter in a half-day, developmental Kindergarten. However, the article also sites some positives aspects of introducing academic concepts to youngsters, especially in diverse environments. The article accurately points out that different communities and school settings need to take a variety of approaches to learning. I like the references to the German system, as Germany was the county where Kindergarten was founded, and the German root of Kindergarten actually means “children’s garden” when translated directly from the language.
I would love to know what other parents and children have experienced in Kindergarten, which is often seen as a child’s gateway to school.