48048Re: Who's ready for kindergarten torture?
- Jun 14, 2011Hi JoAnn,
I thought No child left behind was so criticized that it was left on the back burner. No so?
--- In email@example.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!
> "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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