Wonder, Not Pressure, Supports Learning

Five-year-old children need play, not pressure. Then, at six and seven, they need learning infused with joy, wonder, movement, colors, music, and satisfying work that makes real things. Adults who learned this way thrive. They are in no way behind those who faced pressure. So, why? Why do governments (this is not the teachers’ idea) pressure little children to learn according to a tight, unrealistic schedule? My story about teaching without pressure will be published this year. A Gift of Wonder, A True Story About School As It Could Be, invites readers into our classroom as my students and I travel through grades one through six. Please plan to join us to experience education that is uplifting. Sign up to follow Growing Children to receive a notification when A Gift of Wonder is published.

The blog post linked here tells about the pressures faced unnecessarily by most children today in the UK. The situation is similar here in the US.

Written by Kim Allsup for and published by Growing Children ~ January 28, 2017.

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3 thoughts on “Wonder, Not Pressure, Supports Learning

  1. Jeffrey Post author


    As I expressed to you via email – it is because of YOU that the name of this category for posting was chosen – “For THAT is Teaching“. I truly applaud you. It supports my belief that there are more like you out there – who put the interests and needs of our future – far ahead of their own needs – yet maybe that DOES fulfill the needs of teachers such as your self.

    It reminds me of a song once made famous by the late Whitney Houston:

    I believe the children are our future,
    Teach them well and let them lead the way,
    Show them all the beauty they possess inside,
    Give them a sense of pride to make it easier,
    Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be
    … ~ The Greatest Love of All

    It is a gift that you share. Once again – I thank and applaud you for the rays of sunshine that you are providing.

    Jeffrey Bennett, Publisher

  2. Kim Allsup

    It is such a wonderful feeling to be heard! Thank you for sharing our vision and our work!

    I love that song by Whitney Houston. And yes, this beautiful work is so fulfilling. It is a tragedy that so many teachers are not allowed to truly teach in freedom but, along with their students are shackled to tests and rigid requirements.

    And now, off to the sunhouse where today the 5th graders are harvesting kale from their experimental bed in their quest to figure out which soil amendment is most effective. And then, later this week, we eat their experimental results!

    Kim Allsup


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