All Work and No Play: Much More Expected for Kindergarteners

By Andrew Pillow

If you have a child in kindergarten or know someone who does, you have likely heard people bemoan how much more children are expected to do academically in comparison to the past.

A new study confirms that sentiment.

University of Virginia research has revealed that kindergartners are indeed expected to do much more, and at the expense of traditionally more “fun” activities.

Research shows students are expected to read more, test more, and know more coming in than ever before. These expectations come at the expense of specials, center time and high engagement topics.

Read more about the study here. (via: NPR)


Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.