This is a follow up on the Universal Pre K and federally constructed rigor we previously discussed.
(Link here: https://stopcommoncorenys.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/universal-pre-k-and-federally-constructed-early-childhood-rigor/)
It has been outlined now clear as day. Here it is, in a nutshell. All that the oligarchs and the like want from our babies, listed here in plain words. Mandatory K AND PRE K, with very difficult (read : age inappropriate) material. Goodbye childhood, hello career ready from diapers on. Cradle to career has never been clearer than now. Common core has changed the face of the American child. We have lost our rights as parents to the corporations and Feds.
Children, babies, possibly still not toilet trained, are to be in all day school with an abundance of rigor and grit.
And he wants baby grit school mandated. Not simply just offered for those who need it. But for all. One size fits all.
This is still America. We should have a choice.
Will people like this be happy when we are signing our infants away from the hospital nursery?
Clearly this man, a principal(!), has not read a single study on the harm common core and rigor is causing for young children. Is it not his responsibility to read and research prior to making such statements? All one needs to do is google common core and early childhood, and pages of critique with valid studies pop right up. He has not done his due diligence, but instead spouts his asinine opinion which is based on his wallet. What he fails to include in these details is that he makes money off such claims in his “real job” (*see link below at end of page).
There is nothing wrong with offering school optionally, and age appropriately. This is Neither.
This piece is must read with a critical eye, as it is under this current regime of gross mismanagement by the USDOE that these words are written.
1. Compulsory School Attendance
The mandatory compulsory age for school attendance can be anywhere from ages 5 to 8 and run as long as from ages 16 to 18 ( Fact Check). That means that there may be some states that may require less than 10 years of proper schooling! By the age of 5, most children start kindergarten and have already had at least 2 years of Pre K. Others however, come to kindergarten with little to no educational preparation. Should we require a Pre K program? Should we require mandatory school attendance by age 5 and make it a national law? As an elementary principal I have seen the difficulty kindergarten students have starting school when they have had no Pre K experience. Most students are soaring academically, while others (those without Pre K experience) are trying to learn how to hang up their coat or to sit and raise their hand if they need the teacher’s attention. Would we actually consider having our students begin their educational career at the age of 8? Mandatory compulsory school age must change.
The common core is not adopted in all states; however, there is a sweeping change in the nation when it comes to the level of difficulty in academics. The common core (or PA core where I work) has really increased the rigor in all classes and that is a good thing. It seems that when the core standards were implemented the grade level objectives were pushed down at least one year. That means that the 1st grade class several years ago did not look like the first grade class of today. The 1st grade class of today looks much like 2nd or 3rd grade work from years past. This, in effect, means that Kindergarten is the new 1st grade. The learning that is expected from our kindergarten classes of today is extraordinary. They are expected to be reading, writing and doing some pretty difficult math. Again, much of what we used to expect from our first graders is now being taught in kindergarten ( Fact Check). Kindergarten must increase its rigor to meet these new demands.
3. Pre K is the new Kindergarten
Given the new expectations for our kindergarten students, Pre K programs must develop the pre-learning experiences necessary for reading and math readiness. I often hear our parents saying, “What has happened to play time in kindergarten?” Well, sadly playtime in kindergarten is gone. But playtime is perfect for our Pre K programs ( Fact Check) Pre K should now accommodate all those very important social skills so necessary for student success in later years. That is not to say that our children will not have fun in kindergarten. We always want to be mindful of developmentally appropriate learning experiences for our children. Pre K experiences will be more focused on imaginative play, appropriate social skills and academic readiness. Pre K must change its curriculum to accommodate the new standards.
4. None of this is Mandatory
If I had to guess, I would say that Pre K and Kindergarten are the most unregulated portions of our students’ educational experiences. Some children may have had a Pre K experience in a school environment, in the basement of a church, in someone’s house, as a part of their day care experience, or not at all. Some children may have had a kindergarten experience as a continuation of their Pre K program, in a traditional school setting. Some children may have had a full day kindergarten experience and some may have had only a half day experience. Some students may have had no kindergarten experience at all, meaning that their first formal educational experience is in first grade (Fact Check). Pre K and Kindergarten programs must become regulated.
This lack of regulation in both Pre K and Kindergarten is a real deterrent to our children’s academic success. The National Center of Educational Statistics states that approximately 64 percent of our children attend a pre-primary program (as of 2012). Conversely this means that almost 40 percent of our children are not enrolled in a Pre K program. It is well documented how important early learning is for our children. When children come to kindergarten or first grade socially unprepared and terribly behind academically, it is almost impossible for them to succeed. These unfortunate children find themselves playing “catch up” forever. We need to take a serious look at our Pre-K and Kindergarten programs before we have a generation of students so far behind they will never catch up. Let’s mandate both Pre-K and Kindergarten and give our children the best ((*read, common core aligned rigor)) of both programs.
On the author of this insanely disturbing, one sided, particularly egregious article, this is the same person who authored the Common Core Standards for Parents. And surely profits from all of this rigorous craze. Shame on him. Take the childhood away from your own children, leave ours alone. How does one sleep at night, when you rip babies from their mothers and loving caregivers, to compete with China? Your priorities are not ours.
There will be folks in inner cities who see it as free educational daycare, but guess what? Everything in this educational climate under Common core has a huge price. Nothing for free. This is rigor, grit, and age inappropriate, and babies belong in a loving environment, not filling out bubble sheets or practicing for tests. Career ready at age three or four is laughable. Other countries are laughing at this back assward attempt to ‘compete with China’. Everything like this has a mandatory component, and that’s the crux of the issue. Offering help for all, whether we need it or not. Three year olds catching up? Insanity. Mandatory pre K and K is about removal of parental rights by the DOE, one step at a time.
There you have it. Moms of toddlers are cringing now. Three year olds, possibly still wetting their pants, taking two hour naps, will be in all day school. Kindergarten is the new first, reading and math at levels unfathomable. Because someone who has money thinks this will make us globally competitive and change the economy. College and career ready for babies. Literally. If this doesn’t open eyes, what will?
Take a moment of your day and comment on his page, article. Or tweet or whatever it is you do to defend your rights as a parent. The hour grows late for us.