Frustratingly, unexamined, unquestioned 'thinking' of this kind continues to prevail. We hang on to a method of 'education' that evolved in the industrial revolution era and served that age's goals to create "better workers" but is no longer relevant to today's world.
Essentially, what is conveyed to the child is that what she is doing is unimportant, not serious.
But playing is dead serious, especially for young children. In fact it is far more serious than learning A B Cs which comes easily and naturally when the child is interested and ready.
'Switching' young children's mindset from a play-centered mode of interpreting the world around them, (an essential stage of their development) to a premature academic focus is interfering with the natural flow of things.
It harms creativity, spontaneity and confidence. A life long habit of dependency on others is created.
Now Ontario is spending 1.5 billion dollars for young children, 4 year olds to go to school full time.
According to our Premier, quoted in Mclean's Magazine
The idea that the earlier they start their 'education' (read factory style, 'one size fits all' compulsory schooling) the more likely they will run into 'success' in life would be laughable if it weren't such a dangerous lie.