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× No mere child’s play: Study shows preschool pays off big later

MANILA, Philippines --- Whenever Evee Raypon thinks about preschool, she remembers handling knives.


"We would chop up carrots and apples and serve them to whoever was around the classroom," Raypon, now a teacher, said of her experience at a nontraditional school steeped in the methods of the fabled Dr. Maria Montessori.


Raypon would progress from wielding a knife to working with shapes…