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[Susan notes: Many education reformers, who have proven themselves tone deaf to what is appropriate for children, will probably sign up for Stephen Krashen's organization.]

Submitted to St. Louis Post-Dispatch but not published

To the editor

Stop treating 3 year-olds like children

Sent to St. Louis-Post Dispatch, November 6, 2012

Pre-kindergarten testing (screening) is a step in the right direction: We must âget children prepared to learnâ as early as possible and get them ready not just for kindergarten but also for pre-school ( Pre-kindergarten screening step toward child's success, Nov. 6).

The coordinator of the Parents as Teachers program points out that 3-year-olds should know five colors and be able to count to 10.

Let's insist that this happens and also toughen up pre-school and make sure it includes phonemic awareness and math.

There is no hope for the US is to compete internationally if we continue to treat 3 year-olds like children.

Stephen Krashen

President: Society for Kindergarten Kalculus

Stephen Krashen

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