When I started working at Head Start–and I retired from there after 38 years–we were supposed to teach everything through play. We couldn't even have the alphabet up on the wall. We said, "Hand me that blue ball," instead of teaching the colors. They learned naturally, you know. Now I'm working at a private nonprofit preschool, and there's so much pressure on the kids. We're teaching them to read, which some can do fine with but not all of them. If you want to get into a good public school . . . there's just a lot of pressure that there didn't used to be.
Fannie Greer, Preschool teacher