The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten

Delaware’s Governor Markell wants to get Kindergarteners ready for college by having them take standardized testing. What a crock! I’m convinced this is just a big Ponzi scheme and someone is making a lot of money off all these tests.

Americas Education Watch

nclbOne of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is that they are hyper-focused on how students perform, but they ignore how students learn. Nowhere is this misplaced emphasis more apparent, and more damaging, than in kindergarten.

A new University of Virginia study found that kindergarten changed in disturbing ways from 1999-2006. There was a marked decline in exposure to social studies, science, music, art and physical education and an increased emphasis on reading instruction. Teachers reported spending as much time on reading as all other subjects combined.

The time spent in child-selected activity dropped by more than one-third. Direct instruction and testing increased. Moreover, more teachers reported holding all children to the same standard.

How can teachers hold all children to the same standards when they are not all the same? They learn differently, mature at different stages – they just are not all the same especially at the…

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

One thought on “The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten”

  1. Thank you again for an enlightening read. It reminds me of an excellent book called “Better Late Than Early” by Dr. Raymond Moore. In that book Dr. Moore cites study after study making the case that children need uncluttered play time, and lots of it, before they are required to sit still and do desk work. In each case, the children who were free to explore their environment through play in the presence of a caring adult who answered questions and read books always fared better than the ones who were institutionalized early. Independent reading was delayed but once students began to read at ages 8-10 they always surpassed their peers in reading ability and comprehension within a year of beginning to read. Why? Because they had rich experiences to link to the words they read. And this book was written when compulsory age of school attendance was 8 in most locales! I wonder what he would say now!

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