Education rarely shows up in top headlines, but 2015 was the year it dominated the news. The U.S. made continued attempts to upgrade education for the 21st century while slipping further behind the rest of the world in international achievement tests. Leaders looked everywhere for answers, and parents found a voice for action and change on social media and beyond.
Among ideas with growing support? Reverse the way kindergarteners have been taught since No Child Left Behind became law in 2001 and bringing back play, lots of play. In countries with the highest achieving kids, learning for 5-year-olds never rarely happens at a desk or within the boundaries of a circle-time carpet square.
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