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48048Re: Who's ready for kindergarten torture?

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  • Frank Thomas Smith
    Jun 14, 2011
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      Hi JoAnn,
      I thought No child left behind was so criticized that it was left on the back burner. No so?

      --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, JoAnn Schwartz <sr_joanna@...> wrote:
      > Hi Frank,
      > It IS bad.  And getting worse.  I am not sure how much public / charter waldorf schools can help, though.  Friends of ours sent their children to a public "waldorf-inspired" school here in Detroit -- and their kids spent the first six weeks of the year preparing for the MEAP tests.  Public / charter schools are not generally exempt from the high-stakes testing mandated by No Child Left Behind.
      > About 5 years ago, a colleague from work went to the "Kindergarten Round-up" for their local (highly regarded) public schools.  Up to this point, their daughter had been home with Dad (who worked from home) and Mom (who had a reduced (32 hr/wk) work schedule), so did not attend pre-school.  Parents were floored to discover the child was not only expected to know the alphabet, but to print upper- and lower-case letters in the approved style and to know the rudiments of addition and subtraction.  When Mom protested, the kindy folks scolded her, saying if the daughter had been in a decent pre-school, she would already *know* how to do these things.
      > Mom and Dad decided to homeschool the kid, as they lived about an hour from the closest waldorf school.
      > Sadly, many parents are on-board with this cramming down of learning. They prefer 'academic kindergarten' to 'developmental kindergarten' -- thinking that it gives the kids a leg up. Then they wonder why their 4th grader is burnt out.
      > ¡Ay, caramba!
      > JoAnn
      > ~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~
      > "The vote you cast when you buy something is as important
      > as the vote you cast in the ballot box."
      > --- John Perkins
      > --- On Mon, 6/13/11, Frank Thomas Smith wrote:
      > > I don't have any experience with
      > > what's going on in the U.S. except what I read in the
      > > papers. But it looks bad. According to this article the
      > > people making such decisions as to *when* children should
      > > start learning abstract stuff in school (ever earlier) don't
      > > have a clue as to what kids really need. It's a big reason
      > > why Waldorf charter schools could be so important - to save
      > > all those little kids from early torture.
      > > Frank
      > > http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/06/12/whos-ready-for-kindergarten
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