Lifelong Kindergarten

June 23, 2013


Mitchel Resnick


I hope that, over time, more and more technologies are developed to extend the creative approach of kindergarten to learners of all ages. But it won’t be easy. There are strong cultural forces that are pushing in different directions. Many kindergartens are starting to change their approach. Kindergarten students are spending more time filling out phonics worksheets and memorizing math flashcards, rather than playing with blocks and finger paint. In short, kindergarten is becoming more like the rest of school. If we want to help children develop as creative thinkers, so that they are prepared for tomorrow’s society, we need to do exactly the opposite. Instead of making kindergarten more like the rest of school, we need to make the rest of school – indeed, the rest of life – more like kindergarten.

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