Big Data and Little Kids: In Whose Best Interest?

Americans love data. We cannot get enough of it. Collectors on speed, we measure every indicator in sight. Children are the youngest, most fragile casualties of our obsessive compulsive disorder. How many words do they have in their emergent lexicons? Do they know their letters? Can they count up to …

Finding the Common Core of Expertise: Where are the Early Childhood Educators?

Earlier this year, Robert Pondiscio, a policy pundit at the Fordham Institute, took to his “Common Core” blog and blasted Reading in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose, a report written by three early childhood educators. Why shouldn’t kids be reading in kindergarten, the man wanted to know. …