A kindergarten teacher from our neighborhood elementary school who has been teaching for over 30 years was quoted as saying the following upon her retirement:
“Kids are capable of doing difficult tasks if we present it to them in a fun and interesting way,” she says. “The kindergarteners used to color and finger paint, now they read and write in journals.”
I found her quote to be powerful, because it's not the 5-year-olds that have changed in the 30 years. I think it's adults expectations of 5-year-olds that have changed. We expect our kids to learn to read and write as soon as possible, and so they do. That is a powerful idea.