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Education is Not a Race

posted Jul 27, 2010, 5:32 PM by Paul Ketko
Education is not a race. A child who learns to read at age three has in no way "won" over a child who learns to read at age six or seven. A true race has a well-marked finish line that all participants must cross to determine the winner. In contrast "learning to read" is a lifelong process.... Learning does not stop after we have learned a skill or left school or college; learning and education are lifelong processes that come to an end only when we do.

{David Elkind, 1987, in Conferring: The Keystone to Reader's Workshop by Patrick Allen - pp172]