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Published in New York Times
05/25/2005

To the editor

Re "Only 4 Years Old, and Expelled: Maybe Preschool Is the Problem" (Week in Review, May 22):



As a retired New York City early childhood professional, I agree that preschool is the problem. We are pushing children above their skill or age level.



I have always maintained that 3-to-5-year-olds need time to develop as social individuals and should not be pushed into academic skills for which they are not ready.



Coordination, creativity and social skills also need time to develop. Along with the development of these skills, preschoolers are learning basic academic concepts through play and interaction with their peers, adults and their surroundings.



Problems would be far fewer if we allowed preschoolers to feel comfortable with themselves instead of pushing them into advanced academic achievement. Let them play and learn to get along with one another, and let's create a warm learning environment for them.



Marianne Tulman


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