More bad news for those of us who have kids entering kindergarten (plus more dismaying news about education in general):
Up until very recently, it was considered developmentally appropriate to begin serious reading instruction in the second grade. Now, however, kindergartners who once went to school to learn their ABCs are way behind if they aren’t already reading simple words when the school year begins. Even a child’s pencil grip can be enough to force parents into decision-making mode: Will she be able to work with her peers or will her pencil grip frustrate her and put her at risk of failing?
You can read the rest of this AOL Parent Dish article on “The Myth of Testing for Giftedness” here.