"Preschool is not a vaccination," Bowman says

[img_caption src=”https://www.erikson.edu/wp-content/uploads/Bowman-Barbara-175×152.jpg” link=”https://www.erikson.edu/about/directory/barbara-bowman/” align=”right” caption=”Barbara Bowman” alt=”Photo: Erikson professor Barbara Bowman”]Professor Barbara Bowman spoke to Education Week  on whether rigorous preschool programs provide lasting benefits.

“Preschool is not a vaccination,” Bowman says, noting that later grades must provide education of equal quality. “If you don’t have a very good kindergarten program, by first grade, you’ve lost your benefit.”

She adds that “unless [students] are building on that prior learning, why would they be any smarter? Preschool builds a foundation, but you have to keep teaching them.”

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