Why Head Start’s ’emergent handwriting’ method is bunk!

Can I just be blunt?  We are horrified by the Head Start practice of leaving preschoolers to figure out how to form letters on their own - 'emergent handwriting' as they call it.  They reason that preschoolers are not ready for instruction, and that what 'emerges' is preferable to time-honored methods.   But this philosophy [...]