Recently, a great deal
of research in early childhood education has begun to show that
children, with very few exceptions, are born capable of learning
anything. Unfortunately the existence of this research has done little
to change the way children are being taught, at home or in
the public school system. The ideas underlying this research
have not really begun to penetrate public awareness.
Every parent and
every teacher can recall episodes when a child has lost confidence in
his or her abilities. Sometimes these occurrences are temporary,
a natural part of maturing, but sometimes the loss of confidence
is permanent and has a devastating impact on the child’s entire
future. Once children come to believe they are failures, they
begin to give up hope and a downward spiral begins.
our schools there are always children who are lost. Teachers do not
have time to help students who are struggling. Parents who are
uneducated, who struggle with English or who are constantly
working to make ends meet are often unable to help children
with homework. Once a child falls behind in a subject like mathematics,
where each concept builds on the last, there is little hope they
will ever catch up.