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Why We Shouldn't Teach Tech in Kindergarten


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Teaching technology in kindergarten will not help Americans.

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President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos intend to prioritize STEM education by making available $200 million in grants and recommend that coding and computer science skills be taught in K-12 schools across the United States. Though the intention to improve K-12 education is admirable, doubling down on technology in America's kindergarten classrooms is not the answer.

As a lifelong educator and a parent, we have daily insight into what tomorrow's leaders need in order to walk confidently into the future — and it's not the development of skills like coding.

Instead of prioritizing technology first, we need to teach students how to think and adapt, how to communicate and ask questions. Once this foundation has been established, abundant time remains for students to harness technology's incredible power.

From San Francisco Chronicle
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