[Susan notes: Training pre-K to be like K, which is trained to be like 2nd grade, never works for the benefit of children. Putting kids in a preK training that makes them dislike kindergarten is insane.
To the editor
According to a recent study from Vanderbilt University, children who voluntarily participated in a pre-K program did better on kindergarten readiness tests than children who did not do pre-K, but the pre-K advantage was gone by the end of third grade ( Pre-K expansion remains iffy after intensive study of benefits, Sept. 29). The pre-K advantage at entering kindergarten was greatest on tests of literacy, especially on skills-oriented tests such as letter-word identification and spelling. But by the end of grade 2, those without pre-K actually did slightly better on the same kinds of tests as well as on a test of reading comprehension.
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