Response to Jan. 4 blog post, “It’s opening day for expanded Philly pre-K” by Avi Wolfman-Arent.
I would like to point out the positives of early childhood education and the school mentioned in this article – SPIN preschool. The most important aspect of this school is that it is an "inclusive program" which provides autistic children and children with other disabilities to be with "typically developing students." That is an issue which is dear to my heart and one which I plan to do much writing about.
Early interventions for children on the autism spectrum are absolutely necessary. So is their experience with "typically developing children" absolutely necessary for their development of language skills and their overcoming of their "social anxiety."
That is important and should be part of our public discussion.
The writer is a retired School District administrator, an attorney, and author of “Whose School Is It? The Democratic Imperative for Our Schools.”