Among the central tenets is that academic rigor is to be avoided because learning must be fun.
He laments the trend toward bringing academic rigor to kindergarten classes, saying:
"It's a sad day ... when academic rigor seeps into the kindergarten classroom, and the joy of learning seeps out."
There it is: academic rigor means the joy of learning is gone. That explains the progressive education establishment's longstanding attack on traditional academic content and delivery.
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Each day they learn another precisely calibrated morsel of skill and knowledge that build upon each other to form the foundation of reading fluency. They are having fun.
They are succeeding, and learning to read. And they love it. Learning is fun for them.
It is a far cry from what Olsen obviously thinks of a kindergarten classroom that focuses on academics. He apparently thinks that children can only be having fun and enjoy learning when they are discovering things on their own through play and activities.
In other words, when they aren't being taught anything.
It is an interesting viewpoint, but sadly it is pervasive in the public school system and it has done great damage to our children.