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David Elkind


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David Elkind (born March 11, 1931) is an American child psychologist and author.

A longtime professor at Tufts University, his groundbreaking books — The Hurried Child, The Power of Play and Miseducation informed early childhood education professionals of the possible dangers of "pushing down" the elementary school curriculum into the very early years of a child's life. By doing so, he ... more »

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  • Young children learn in a different manner from that of older children and adults, yet we can teach them many things if we adapt our materials and mode of instruction to their level of ability. But we...
    David Elkind (20th century), U.S. psychologist, child development specialist, author. Miseducation, ch. 3 (1987).
  • Much of the pressure contemporary parents feel with respect to dressing children in designer clothes, teaching young children academics, and giving them instruction in sports derives directly from our...
    David Elkind (20th century), U.S. psychologist, child development specialist, author. Miseducation, ch. 4 (1987).
  • Infants and young children are not just sitting twiddling their thumbs, waiting for their parents to teach them to read and do math. They are expending a vast amount of time and effort in exploring an...
    David Elkind (20th century), U.S. psychologist, child development specialist, author. Miseducation, ch. 1 (1987).
  • Certainly, young children can begin to practice making letters and numbers and solving problems, but this should be done without workbooks. Young children need to learn initiative, autonomy, industry,...
    David Elkind (20th century), U.S. psychologist, child development specialist, author. Miseducation, ch. 8 (1987).
  • Many older wealthy families have learned to instill a sense of public service in their offspring. But newly affluent middle-class parents have not acquired this skill. We are using our children as sym...
    David Elkind (20th century), U.S. psychologist, child development specialist, author. Miseducation, ch. 4 (1987).
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