Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Early Childhood Education

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2007-11-05
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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This Second Edition of TAKING SIDES: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION presents current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with an issue summary, an issue introduction, and a postscript. An instructor's manual with testing material is available online for each volume. USING TAKING SIDES IN THE CLASSROOM is also an excellent instructor resource with practical suggestions on incorporating this effective approach in the classroom. Each TAKING SIDES reader features an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites and is supported by our student website, www.mhcls.com/online.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Introductionp. xiii
Children in Families and Societyp. 1
Should Brain Science Guide Educational Practice?p. 2
Yes: Stephen Rushton and Elizabeth Larkin, from "Shaping the Learning Environment: Connecting Developmentally Appropriate Practices to Brain Research," Early Childhood Education Journal (September 2001)p. 4
No: Olaf Jorgenson, from "Brain Scam? Why Educators Should Be Careful about Embracing 'Brain Research'," The Educational Forum (Summer 2003)p. 18
Should Young Children Use Computers?p. 26
Yes: Regina G. Chatel, from "Computer Use in Preschool: Trixie Gets a Screen Name," The New England Reading Association Journal (vol. 41, 2005)p. 28
No: Edward Miller, from "Less Screen Time, More Play Time," Principal (September/October 2005)p. 33
Is Time-Out an Effective Guidance Technique?p. 39
Yes: Lawrence Kutner, from "The Truth About Time-Out," Parents (April 1996)p. 41
No: Kathy Preuesse, from "Guidance and Discipline Strategies for Young Children: Time Out Is Out," Early Childhood News (March/April 2002)p. 44
Does Nightly Homework Improve Academic Performance?p. 51
Yes: Mary H. Sullivan and Paul V. Sequeira, from "The Impact of Purposeful Homework on Learning," The Clearing House (July/August 1996)p. 53
No: Alfie Kohn, from "The Goldilocks Paradox," American School Board Journal (February 2007)p. 59
Children in Educational Programsp. 65
Should Superhero or Violent Play Be Discouraged?p. 66
Yes: Diane E. Levin, from "Beyond Banning War and Superhero Play: Meeting Children's Needs in Violent Times" Young Children (May 2003)p. 68
No: Brenda J. Boyd, from "Teacher Response to Superhero Play: To Ban or Not to Ban?" Childhood Education (Fall 1997)p. 73
Should Transition Grades Be Abolished?p. 82
Yes: Vera Estok, from "One District's Study on the Propriety of Transition-Grade Classrooms," Young Children (March 2005)p. 84
No: Barbara S. Harris, from "I Need Time to Grow: The Transitional Years," Phi Delta Kappan (April 2003)p. 89
Is Being Older Better When Entering Kindergarten?p. 96
Yes: Nancie L. Katz, from "Too Young for Kindergarten," The Christian Science Monitor (July 21, 1997)p. 98
No: Hermine H. Marshall, from "Opportunity Deffered or Opportunity Taken? An Updated Look at Delaying Kindergarten Entry," Young Children (September 2003)p. 100
Is Grade Retention Harmful to Children?p. 115
Yes: Susan Black, from "Second Time Around," American School Board Journal (November 2004)p. 117
No: Joellen Perry, from "What, Ms. Crabapple Again?" U.S. News & World Report (May 24, 1999)p. 122
Should Educators Address Students' Unhealthy Lifestyle Choices?p. 126
Yes: Sheree Crute, from "Growing Pains," NEA Today (March 2005)p. 128
No: Michael I. Loewy, from "Suggestions for Working with Fat Children in the Schools," Professional School Counseling (April 1998)p. 133
Are English Language Learners Best Served in an Immersion Language Model?p. 144
Yes: Christine Rossell, from "Teaching English Through English," Educational Leadership (December 2004/January 2005)p. 146
No: Jill Wu, from "A View from the Classroom," Educational Leadership (December 2004/January 2005)p. 153
Does Learning to Read Involve More Than Phonics?p. 161
Yes: Judy Willis, from "The Gully in the 'Brain Glitch' Theory," Educational Leadership (February 2007)p. 163
No: National Reading Panel, from "Teaching Children to Read: An Evidence-Based Assessment of the Scientific Research Literature on Reading and Its Implications for Reading Instruction," htpp://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/nrp/smallbook.htm (April 2000)p. 170
Should Recess Be Included in a School Day?p. 177
Yes: Tom Jambor, from "Recess and Social Development," Earlychildhood News, http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/contact.aspxp. 179
No: Kelly King Alexander, from "Playtime Is Cancelled," Parents (November 1999)p. 186
Are Looping Classrooms Effective Learning Settings?p. 192
Yes: Mary M. Hitz, Mary Catherine Somers, and Christee L. Jenlink, from "The Looping Classroom: Benefits for Children, Families, and Teachers," Young Children (March 2007)p. 194
No: Allan S. Vann, from "Looping: Looking Beyond the Hype," Principal (May 1997)p. 202
Educational Policiesp. 207
Should Public Money Be Spent on Universal Preschool?p. 208
Yes: Julie Poppe and Steffanie Clothier, from "The Preschool Promise," State Legislatures (June 2005)p. 210
No: Darcy Ann Olsen, from "Universal Preschool Is No Golden Ticket: Why Government Should Not Enter the Preschool Business," Policy Analysis (February 1999)p. 215
Is Regular Testing the Best Way to Improve Academic Performance?p. 223
Yes: Matthew Gandal and Laura McGiffert, from "The Power of Testing," Educational Leadership (February 2003)p. 225
No: Kenneth A. Wesson, from "The 'Volvo Effect': Questioning Standardized Tests," Young Children (March 2001)p. 230
Will School Improvement Efforts Alone Narrow the Racial/Ethnic Achievement Gap?p. 237
Yes: Kati Haycock, from "Closing the Achievement Gap," Educational Leadership (March 2001)p. 239
No: Richard Rothstein, from "Class and the Classroom: Even the Best Schools Can't Close the Race Achievement Gap," American School Board Journal (October 2004)p. 247
Should Corporal Punishment in Schools Be Outlawed?p. 257
Yes: Paul Ferraro and Joan Rudel Weinreich, from "Unprotected in the Classroom," American School Board Journal (November 2006)p. 259
No: Greg Gelpi, from "Some Small Area School Systems Use the Paddle," Augusta Chronicle (October 2006)p. 262
Are Boys in Crisis in Our Schools?p. 265
Yes: Peg Tyre, from "The Trouble with Boys," Newsweek (January 30, 2006)p. 267
No: Sara Mead, from "The Truth About Boys and Girls," An Education Sector Report (June 2006)p. 274
Contributorsp. 286
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