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And now, final exams
for kindergartners. Really.

Washington Post, by Valerie Strauss

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 8/23/2014 6:34:34 PM

Just when you think things can’t get any worse for kindergartners, they do. It used to be that kindergartners could play — which is how early childhood development experts say young children learn and are socialized best. Today 5- and 6-year-olds are forced to sit for hours at a time doing academics, often with little or no recess, and in some places, no time for a snack. Homework goes home every day with many kindergartners. (Snip) In 2011 the Florida Legislature approved a statute that is to go into effect during the new 2014-15 school year requiring that school districts develop and/or administer seven or more end-of-course

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You want to know what´s going to turn your little urchin into a real see monster, take away their childhood. This needs to be stopped.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Ida lil, 8/23/2014 7:03:48 PM     (No. 9978118)

Eliminate the strangle hold the National teachers union and the Bill Ayers Anaheim junta has on the education department and this nonsense will end.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: GKC fan, 8/23/2014 7:11:00 PM     (No. 9978122)

I teach at an expensive pre-k. You would not believe the pressure we are under.
My constant question....show me the data that says this early academic focus is good.




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Reply 3 - Posted by: ASAvet, 8/23/2014 7:19:14 PM     (No. 9978128)

Communists at their best.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: gillyo, 8/23/2014 7:31:32 PM     (No. 9978135)

I will never forget my first parent/teacher conference 11 years ago. I expected my son´s kindergarten teacher to talk about how well he was getting on with the other students, and about his overall behavior.

Instead I got a lecture about my son not knowing how to read. He was 5! He knew his alphabet, his numbers, and could write and spell his name. I thought he´d be ahead of the game. However, I was told that most of the students could already read and that my son was seriously behind.

I told the teacher that the whole discussion was ridiculous. So what if he can´t read yet? He´s only 5. He´ll read when he´s ready to.

By the end of first grade he was reading at a third grade level and was top in his class. Some kids aren´t ready to read at 5, and it´s only recently that they´ve been expected to. They´re also being pushed into Algebra in 7th instead of 8th grade, and most aren´t ready for that either.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/23/2014 7:46:46 PM     (No. 9978146)

I´d have loved it. I loathed our kindergarten. Already reading, I went to school looking to learn to read harder things, do math and write. To be taught. To learn.

Instead a whole year of half days, painting with too large brushes on too large newsprint tablets with thick awful tempera paint in just a few colors. Coloring with too big crayons in dumb colors. Having to cut with dull scissors with blunt ended blades. Using gunky library paste instead of nice tidy mucilage. Listening to other kids cry for their mothers. And taking naps. ZZZZZ

Recess wasn´t bad but we were restricted to the kindergarten playground which was baby stuff. I´d already been on the "other" playground, as the school was at the end of our street, and was used to playing on a wonderfully slipper slide and splendid swings. Deemed too dangerous for us kindergarteners. For a whole school year. Grrr.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 8/23/2014 7:56:17 PM     (No. 9978158)

Back in the First Ice Age, we had recesses (we were only there for a half day - 9 to noon. But no snacks that I recall. We went either in the morning session or the afternoon session. It was assumed that we ate meals at home at appropriate times.

I don´t remember snacks until junior high, when we bought stuff for ourselves out of the cafeteria or vending machines. And that was with money we earned or our allowance money.

Now our local schools are air conditioned. We had no air conditioning other than windows that opened and when it is 106 outside (as it usually was during the San Gabriel Valley heat wave that always hit in early September just after school started), we simply toughed it out. Teachers and kids. I do remember one teacher who had a portable electric fan on her desk. And transom windows in each classroom opened for cross ventilation.

We did not whine about this. It just was.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 8/23/2014 7:57:35 PM     (No. 9978162)

Re #6, that first paragraph applied to kindergarten. Other grades were full days.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/23/2014 11:08:49 PM     (No. 9978322)

That sounds really simple, but combine that with multiple classes, children speaking multiple languages, and how many have to learn English at school. Some of these kids have been exposed to electronics at expensive day care centers, while some are just kids having fun at home.



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Reply 9 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 8/23/2014 11:57:21 PM     (No. 9978360)

This school is in the Elwood School District, East Northport, NY, which is on Long Island. The superintendents and administrators and teachers take themselves very seriously on Long Island (where their huge paychecks put a crippling burden on taxpayers. For example, the superintendent´s salary in Elwood, with about 2,600 students, is above $250,000 per year, according to Empire Center for NY State Policy). But this takes the cake.

Note the final lines, requesting "Please do not fault us...we are making these decisions with the interests of all children in mind."

In other words, we´ll do what we want with your children and your tax dollars.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Trigger2, 8/24/2014 6:13:59 AM     (No. 9978432)

Libtard indoctrination education is equivalent to One Size Fits All. If your child doesn´t fit that standard, then that child needs medication and will forever be labeled as stupid and placed in the stupid class.

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