Monday, November 9, 2009

Kindergarten Reading Curriculum Fall Out

I'm sure these parents are not getting this fundamental aspect of giving your baby/toddler/preschooler the gift of education. If you decide to educate your child, it is a gift you give without asking for anything in return. These parents are not giving freely, they are asking for the child to prove "readiness" for kindergarten, and in that way they will not be successful in keeping love of learning and emotional health safeguarded. I feel bad for the kids, hopefully they will thrive despite the circumstances.

From the article, parents are:

-- Begging school directors to let their 1 1/2 -year-olds into programs for 2-year-olds because Danny and Olivia are so incredibly advanced.
How annoying!

-- Demanding to know why their 2-year-old isn't being given the alphabet to copy over and over and memorize.
I know I won't be requiring my child to write or copy anything at that age, but if parents know that the Jones' kids are doing this, they will demand!

-- Afraid that any services their child needs, such as speech therapy, will go on the youngster's "permanent record" and harm their chances of getting into a private school.
This makes me kind of sad...

-- Enrolling their 3-year-olds in so many activities that the kids are falling asleep on their preschool desks.
Let them sleep then, sometimes kids need extra naps. Nothing is going on at the preschool that's so important that a kid can't take an early nap. I'm sure he'll have his buddy give him a copy of the lecture notes! BTW, I did not know they had desks in preschool.

-- Buying toys for 2-year-olds that are labeled for older children.
Mine won't be getting a gameboy or two-wheeler any time soon... Babies just eat toys that aren't developmentally at their level anyways.

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