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Backstory: Einsteins at five

In the 'new' kindergarten, kids no longer just tie shoes, but read, write, and calculate.

by Patrik Jonsson

THOMASVILLE, N.C. --Barely 5 years old, Edgar Padilla can accurately draw bar graphs and create "A-B" patterns of geometric shapes. He discusses the finer points of underwater photography. He occasionally infuses his sentences with the word "meta-cognition," to the confoundment of some adults (including this one).

Precocious and tousle-haired, young Edgar may be unusually smart for his age, but his prowess with numbers and language is hardly exceptional: He, in many ways, reflects the rigors and reality of the "new" kindergarten. . . .

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— Patrick Jonsson
Christian Science Monitor


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