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Better Late Than Early: A New Approach to Your Child's Education Paperback – August, 1989
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"Moore brings a wealth of evidence from a wide variety of sources to indicate that early schooling, although promoting (perhaps) earlier cognitive organization, introduces a host of fateful "iatrogenic"- disturbances. Our knowledge of maturation, development, developmental stages, and critical developmental periods for the human, all support Moore's basic thesis... Of what value is the educational process, if the very process, when prematurely introduced within the unfolding epigenetic filed, distorts the developing psychic structure so as to interfere with future education, and learning to live and learning to love, let alone learning to learn. This is an important book for parents and for professionals. It warns, it offers alternatives, and it never loses sight of its main focus, the health, happiness and 'fundamental education' for our children" -David R. Metcalf, M.D.
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As a mother of two girls with special needs, I have been waffling for over a year as to whether or not homeschooling would be a feasible option for our family. "Better Late Than Early" sealed the deal for me and solved any qualms I had about homeschooling. Now I realize that early childhood is best spent exploring in nature, bonding with mom and dad in a stable home environment, and other natural exploration rather than the tedium of reading, writing, and math.
As a former educator, I also highly value academic achievement, but "Better Late Than Early" demonstrated strong support as to why it's harmful to force young children into early reading skills. Now I know that academics will come for my kids, perhaps earlier or later than their developmental peers. No matter, this book has been a solid influence on my understanding of why early childhood education is flawed and how my family can best care for our girls until they have reached their integrated maturity level.