I do realize that just as these halls have the possibility of dimming my son's light, they also have the possibility -- and actually the intention of -- brightening my son's light and of giving him confidence, coping skills and pleasant memories.
There are numerous experts who tell us that standardized tests are indicative of neither intelligence nor potential. But we are a nation that insists upon quantification -- whether we like it or not, whether it's good for us or not.
There are the two views of early education that have been pitted against each other for decades: pouring knowledge into children to build bigger brains or putting them out side and giving them opportunities to play.
Parents and caregivers should be reading books to and conversing with babies and toddlers, no doubt about it. But this is a far cry from repetitive training. Babies need and deserve more than flashcards.