Publication Date: July 23, 2021
Series: Early Childhood Education Series
Kindergarten has changed. Many believe that it no longer reflects a nurturing environment but, instead, has become a race for children to learn skills so they are ready for the academic achievement tests that they will take continuously throughout their time in school. Resisting the Kinder-Race examines how the race came about, why it must change, and how all stakeholders in the early childhood and elementary school communities must take part in the reform process. The author draws on his own research to consider how the Kinder-Race might be reimagined through more democratic principles of schooling. Brown offers both practical and political strategies that can alter the day-to-day practices of the kindergarten classroom and the policies that currently define PreK–12 education in the United States. This resource will help readers see kindergarten as an educational environment that expands the learning of every child.
Christopher P. Brown is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin.
“This book is the first comprehensive treatment of kindergarten education in recent memory. I totally endorse Chris Brown’s concept of re-routing the Kinder-Race to a focus on the expansion of learning. I recommend this research-based guide because it provides practical and political tools for challenging the discourses that dominate public education today.”
—J. Amos Hatch, professor emeritus, University of Tennessee
“Brown’s reframing of the current infatuation with neoliberal, outcome-focused education for young children brings hope to those of us who hold fiercely to democratic-centered, individualized, and culturally sustaining pedagogies in preschool and kindergarten. Most importantly, he helps stakeholders—teachers, families, administrators, and policymakers—conceive of a way to resist and move forward together.”
—Mary Benson McMullen, professor of early childhood education, Indiana University