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Early childhood education--Social aspects; Early childhood education--Psychological aspects;


Is our nation's educational system heading in the right direction? Tremendous emphasis is being put on academic achievement. With this emphasis comes severe consequences for those schools not meeting standards. This situation is causing many administrators, teachers, and support staff as well as parents, community members, and government officials to have blinders on when it comes to how best to help children succeed. Some believe that the best way to help children learn is to cram it at them quickly and efficiently and hope they retain the information long enough to regurgitate it for the standardized test. Others believe that learning should be a systematic acquisition of knowledge that skims the surface of many concepts and pushes forward steadily covering everything in the curriculum at any particular grade level. Is this the best way to teach and learn? Is this the most effective way for students to grow into productive citizens?

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Master of Arts in Education


Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education

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Victoria L. Robinson


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