There is an educational theory out there called error fossilization. The idea is that the longer a child makes a factual error, the more his brain will embed that error and it will be harder and harder to undo, much as a fossil grows harder and harder over time. As such, teachers need to be on top of them, ready to correct them at every turn, lest their mistakes become permanent over time.
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Sean Vivier is a former staff member at Mountain Laurel Sudbury School, a former public school and Montessori school teacher, and an aspiring novelist. He is currently working as a web developer.