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Kindergarten Students Need To Focus On College And Career? [Video]

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That’s why one school decided to cancel an end of the year school play.

You can’t make this stuff up. There’s a school in New York that has canceled their annual kindergarten show because they have to keep the kids working so they’re ‘college and career’ ready.

The school sent home this letter to parents, who were for the most part pretty ticked off.

Here’s what the letter said:

April 25, 2014

 

Dear Kindergarten Parents and Guardians,

 

We hope this letter serves to help you better understand how the demands of the 21st century are changing schools, and, more specifically, to clarify, misconceptions about the Kindergarten show. It is most important to keep in mind is [sic] that this issue is not unique to Elwood. Although the movement toward more rigorous learning standards has been in the national news for more than a decade, the changing face of education is beginning to feel unsettling for some people. What and how we teach is changing to meet the demands of a changing world.

 

The reason for eliminating the Kindergarten show is simple. We are responsible for preparing children for college and career with valuable lifelong skills and know that we can best do that by having them become strong readers, writers, coworkers and problem solvers. Please do not fault us for making professional decisions that we know will never be able to please everyone. But know that we are making these decisions with the interests of all children in mind.
Sincerely,

Ellen Best-Laimit

Angela Casano

Keri Colmone

Stefanie Gallagher

Martha DeMartini

I hate to use this cliche` but am I crazy or has the world gone mad? Yes, there should be learning going on in kindergarten, but learning goes beyond the classroom.

To me this goes right along with cutting things like art class, music, and gym. It may look good on paper, but the lessons learned in these classes are just as useful in the real world as more traditional academic classes.

How do these people think KILLING the creativity of these kids at such an early age is going to pan out?

Please tell me this isn’t happening in Michigan.

What do you think? Is the school making the right call here?

It seems like some of the educators calling the shot are turning into the principal from the movie ‘Uncle Buck.’ Remember this clip?

Can’t we just let kids, be kids?

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