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Clements, Douglas H.; Sarama, Julie – Future of Children, 2016
Do young children naturally develop the foundations of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)? And if so, should we build on these foundations by using STEM curricula in preschools? In this article, Douglas Clements and Julie Sarama argue that the answer to both these questions is yes. First, the authors show that young children possess…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Preschool Education, Kindergarten, Skill Development
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Duke, Nell K.; Block, Meghan K. – Future of Children, 2012
Almost fifteen years have passed since the publication of the National Research Council's seminal report "Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children," which provided research-based recommendations on what could be done to better position students in pre-kindergarten through third grade for success in grade four and above. This article by…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Kindergarten, Reading Difficulties
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Murnane, Richard J. – Future of Children, 2007
Richard Murnane observes that the American ideal of equality of educational opportunity has for years been more the rhetoric than the reality of the nation's political life. Children living in poverty, he notes, tend to be concentrated in low-performing schools staffed by ill-equipped teachers. They are likely to leave school without the skills…
Descriptors: Poverty, Graduation Rate, Federal Legislation, School Choice
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Barnett, W. Steven; Belfield, Clive R. – Future of Children, 2006
Steven Barnett and Clive Belfield examine the effects of preschool education on social mobility in the United States. They note that under current policy three- and four-year-old children from economically and educationally disadvantaged families have higher preschool attendance rates than other children. But current programs fail to enroll even…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Social Mobility, Young Children, Disadvantaged Youth