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Should Head Start emphasize academic skills?

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Summer 2001 / Vol. 1, No. 2

The Bush Administration is moving to change the mission of Head Start, from one of providing social services and care to low-income preschoolers and their families to also emphasizing early literacy skills. Is preschool too early to learn academic skills? In the following essays, David Elkind and Grover Whitehurst weigh the evidence, the respond to one another.

Much Too Early by David Elkind.

Much Too Late by Grover J. Whitehurst.

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