Too much too soon? What are we teaching toddlers?

With the recent debate on tiger moms sweeping the nation, some parents have pushed to start traditional schooling to younger and younger ages.  Which raises the question, what is so wrong with letting kids play?

Government services have expanded in recent years, allowing for parents to work more easily by providing kindergarten and now in many states, preschool.  The worry is that as these programs expand, are we going to require traditional schooling (testing, rigid instruction) on toddlers?  And to that end, will the government consider that as evidence of unfit parenting?

Recent studies have cast doubt on the practice of rigid instruction of children.  Children who are given rigid elementary school-style instruction at 4 years old become less inquisitive and less creative later on.  Here’s to hoping that kids in the future are allowed to be children.