Preschool Education Myth

Does preschool education have a long-term effect on children? This is a question that does not have just one single answer. In today’s society, whether or not your child receives a preschool education is solely a decision the parents have to make, whereas when I was younger, not every child was able to go to preschool. In today’s society, children do not have to partake in a test to get into a preschool program like the children that grew up in the previous decades. Although some people feel as if preschool education does not have a long-term effect on children, there are others that believe that this myth can be debunked. The articles that will used to support both sides of this particular discussion includes: “Does Preschool Matter”, authored …show more content…
In layman’s terms, preschool does not make a child smart or determines a particular child’s success. This myth can be seen as being believable because each child rears different longitudinal results because each child learns differently. Another reason would be because some preschool programs are not equipped to accommodate children with learning disorders and the children whose parents had already begun to teach them the basics at home prior to preschool. Personally, I believe the myth to a certain extent. The myth is believable, in the aspect that children similar to myself, that did not go through the preschool program, being successful in their adult lives. In other words, I see that preschool education does not have an effect on intelligence and achievement. Another reason why I believe the myth is believable is because, in the rural area I was raised in, most of the children that were accepted into preschool programs were children with discipline and behavioral issues, in oppose to currently where children are chosen at random or by social status in some …show more content…
Three of the articles’ findings became repetitive because each of the articles shows evidence of the short-term and long-term positive effects that preschool has on children. They all agreed that in the short-term, it provides children with the foundation for further learning experiences as they progress through the grades. Because of this strong foundation provided through preschool programs, children are able to excel longitudinally and achieve more academically. Each of the articles conducted testing and it showed that children, that were in preschool programs performed better on standardized testing than the children that were not. Another reason why they all agreed that preschool has a long-term effect is because they all saw a child’s mind as being malleable and preschool being the first act of molding their brains. Although three of the articles agreed that preschool has a long-term effect on children, one article in particular made reference to the fact that some children showed evidence that cognitive benefits of preschool fades away around the time that children reach the third grade (Samuels 2016). This reasoning was simply because Samuels insisted that grade school lessons mattered just as much as preschool. This belief is very much accurate due to the fact that each grade level brings new experiences and add on to the foundation established by preschool. To support this belief, Samuel mentioned how

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