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I have been turning around low performing schools and districts for the past 9 years in California. The research on the significant discrepancy in vocabulary between advantaged and disadvantaged children, starting in Kindergarten, is clearly evident in low performing schools. We need to let research guide what we do in education. Early education programs can support the needs of young children to explore and create while providing a vocabulary-rich environment and supporting an early diminishment in the vocabulary gap. Perhaps pre-K does not need to be mandatory in all schools but it should be required in low performing schools.
I am a pre-k teacher and I know first hand the importance of pre-kindergarten education. Standards are set higher and higher for our students and pre-k helps lay a foundation for all future learning. Pre-k helps students learn how to comprehend information in many different ways. I wish that everyone who does not support pre-k education could spend one day in a pre-k classroom to see first hand the learning and development that takes place each and every day. I think pre-k should be for those children who are unable to get the necessary skills for school readiness, but the ultimate goal should be for all children to attend pre-k classroom in public school.
I loved loved your comments about how pre-schools should be part of the regular schools system...i cannot afford to pay for my son to go to pre-school therefore i cant go to work or to school cause i have no place to put him while i attend college or go to work! And truly more than that its truly the fact that pre-school can really teach and pre-pare them for kinder garden. i have a daughter in kinder garden and when i drop her off and i see her classroom and i see what she does for homework??? its not like it used to be...kinder garden used to be what pre-schools are now.
I agree with you. I teach Pre-K in Georgia, the first state to offer it universally in the school system. I teach the same things a Kindergarten teacher taught 5 years ago. Even if you disagree with the upward trend in education, of preparing students earlier, the reality is that it is here and we must deal with it. If a child is taught well at home, fine, but in regards to the rest: if they enter Kindergarten without the basics of knowing the alphabet and sounds, they are already behind, at least at my school, that is.
It is not as easy as that for everyone. I think it is wonderful that you are able to offer your children what they need to start school. What about the teen mother who has to go to school and work? What about the low-income parents that are barely able to put food on the table? They have to work- to survive. They love their children just as much as you do! My state (Illinois) offers state funded PreK. The children that are in our program are considered at risk. It is my job to make sure they are not at risk when they enter Kindergarten.
I am a teacher and I believe it should be required. What kids learn in preschool is what they used to learn in Kindergarten. Whose fault is that? Society these days keeps pushing the standards higher for our children. I understand that there are parents who are able to teach their child what they neesd to enter Kindergarten ready to learn. But, there are MANY families that cannot afford to stay home with their children or be able to pay for preschool. These are the children who are at risk to be behind as they enter Kindergarten and in future years. If we want to raise the standards for our children, let's make sure they all start at the same place.
I certainly disagree with the fact of preschool being mandatory. For the simple fact that some children don't really need or have to have that preschool background.
Early childhood education is another subject that separates the haves from the have nots. Ideally, every child would be able to be at home with a caring relative until mandatory education begins but not everyone has that luxury. Optional, public, certified preschool education (testing teachers doesn't weed out the bad from the good another way needs to be found) done right,would grow their natural curiosity with age appropriate activities, while serving our country by developing life long learners who go on to finish high school, possibly college and become productive citizens. Do we have the capability to deliver quality public preschool education in our country right now? Probably not, but it is a goal worth working towards.
I wanted to let you know I appreciate the work you do with preschoolers. There's no doubt education at an early age could be advantageous depending on the alternatives. I have two daughters. I choose to spend time with them and teach them. We have an enormous extended family whom we spend quite a bit of time with. We take them to the library and we love taking trips together.
Please consider families when you think about allowing public education or any other institution to care and mold children. They don't only need teachers and peers... they need their family.
As an educator, I feel very strongly about early childhood education. It is crucial to the success of children both socially and academically. In a classroom setting the children are allowed to explore and navigate through concepts that they may not have had experiences with had they not attended the program. Hopefully, in the near future our school systems will be Pre-K through 12th grade funded. After all, children are the reason that we are all involved in education, so lets focus on what is best for them.