I'm not impressed by toddlers who can read. In fact, I think it's cruel and creepy.
Guest blogger Gina: When I entered kindergarten, I remember being one of the only students who hadn't yet learned how to read. I went home and told my mom about the other kids. She assured me that it would all even out and, sure enough, by third grade I was in the same reading group with those same kids I was previously jealous of.
Today my television was on in the background and there was an infomercial for Your Baby Can Read. On it were video testimonials including these:
I was shocked by the parents who think it's OK to continuously quiz their nine-month-old babies with flash cards -- forcing them to learn to read before they can even walk. Of course we want our children to learn at every stage of life, but why do some parents insist on fast forwarding the process? I feel like they believe their children will have some sort of leg up on other kids. What's so great about a leg up anyway? More pressure?
I also think it's a false assumption to think their children will go further than others. A few of those kids who were reading when they entered my kindergarten class found me on Facebook recently. Guess what? They aren't saving the world or writing the great American novels. In fact, they seem like shy, boring anti-social people who communicate through social networking sites.
And PS: If I saw a nine-month-old reading, I would think the kid was creepy and I'd cancel all future playdates. I'd rather my child hang out with kids who bang on Tupperware and eat their boogers. They have a lifetime of studying ahead of them. Isn't this the point of being a kid? Really.