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Volume 1, Issue 4 (1972)

When Should Schooling Begin?

pp. 26—29

Among interested professionals and many parents, the topic of pre-school education is a sure bet to arouse emotion. Especially during the last decade, when a good deal of attention has been focused on the issue, we have heard one strident voice after another. Moore, Moon, and Moore (1972) present a provocative but reasonable analysis of the problem which to me merits serious consideration. Put simply, they claim that the recommendation of the California Report* that all children four years of age and older receive formal schooling is based on a seriously erroneous interpretation of research evidence, and indeed is directly contradicted by that evidence. The authors would rather see more public support go toward preparing people to become effective parents and for programs for early detection and treatment of educational deficits. As for children without obvious difficulties, they would have the reader consider the idea that formal schooling ought to begin no sooner than the ninth year of life.

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