WEFOUNDThe First Three Years of Childhood (Classics in child development)


The Myth of the First Three Years is a bold and controversial book because it urges parents and decision-makers alike to consider and debate for themselves the evidence for lifelong learning opportunities. But more than anything, this book spreads a message of hope: while there are no quick fixes, conscientious parents and committed educators can make a difference in every child's life, from infancy through childhood, and beyond.

The Myth of the First Three Years: A New Understanding of Early Brain Development and Lifelong Learning ( ISBN   978-0-7432-4260-8 , 1999) is a book written by John Bruer . The book explains the exaggerations of basic critical period neuroscience research "resulting in a potentially disproportionate channeling of resources toward early childhood education." [1]

The book discusses the myths surrounding early childhood development, in particular, the myth that "the first three years of a baby's life determine whether or not the child will grow into a successful, thinking person." [2] According to a review: "Parents have been sold a bill of goods that is highly destructive because it overemphasizes infant and toddler nurturing to the detriment of long-term parental and educational responsibilities." [2]

The Myth of the First Three Years is a bold and controversial book because it urges parents and decision-makers alike to consider and debate for themselves the evidence for lifelong learning opportunities. But more than anything, this book spreads a message of hope: while there are no quick fixes, conscientious parents and committed educators can make a difference in every child's life, from infancy through childhood, and beyond.