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on Feb 17, 2014
It doesn't seem right to eliminate estended day kindergarten when sveral districts in the state have gone to a "full day" kindergarten. Does the district take into consideration what the rest of the state is doing??
Our young children are being cheated out of valuable education time with half day kindergarten. A kindergarten class today consists of many six year olds as well as five year olds. The majority of our kindergarteners have come out of preschool programs that have given them a head start. They are all anxious to learn and can handle an all day program. I was dumbfounded when I brought my kindergartener to California from the east coast 12 years ago and found that he was only going to be in school a few hours a day. His older brother and sister had the good fortune to live in a state that realizes the importance of classroom time when they were in kindergarten. Forget extended day kindergarten. These children deserve the education that an all day program provides. Half day kindergarten was outdated years ago.
Ah, yet another swing of the pendulum. "Developmental" kindergarten, recognizing growing bodies and growing brains, is being tossed out(again) in favor of a model that is reflective of other countries' models. Stick around long enough, and the pendulum will swing back. Common Core? (Follow the money.) Really? THE answer has finally been discovered? This district also embraced " Whole Language." (Follow the money.) Educational theorists would do well to review the successful models California used when it was the Gold Standard.
Remember, too, that other countries STILL think US standards and performance are excellent. Other countries skew statistics; other countries do not test every child. Test only our top 10-25 percent and you will be proud of your schools.
Until standards are community based and childcare is treated respectfully as a separate issue, expect decisions that are Nanny State generic. Decisions will not be reflective of YOUR child and community needs. (Follow the money.)
Good point Diane about full days for Kindergarten, used to be that way when I was a kid in a Calfornia school. Also, the teachers get full salary but now only working 1/2 days as well, so not as much fiscal impact as one might expect. Total compensation of $100K is not unusual around here.
Kindergarten teachers don't have enough time to teach everything they want and are required to teach as it is. Cutting the day for students and teachers is not the answer. We should be helping other schools to have an extended day, not penalizing the kids and teachers that are making progress by eliminating it. The 1st grade slip program has been extremely beneficial for my daughter who has some special needs. It has made a huge difference in her reading ability. To have the opportunity to have a smaller class size of 12 for even 45 minutes, has been priceless. You shouldn't be cutting programs that work because some schools aren't doing them. Education is individual and we should be trying to meet the needs of each community, not penalizing the communities/schools that are doing something good/right for their students. To be equal, education does NOT have to be the same.
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