What happened to kindergarten? No Child Left Behind... I think I get the outrage now.
Mind you, I guess my first warning should have been last year, when we eschewed the pre-K out here because the teachers main concern for the children was "Teaching them to sit still at a desk" at age four. I'm still letting that one sink in. Sure, they could still play, but thirty minutes play, thirty minutes desk activities. Actual itty bitty desks.
Our oldest is turning five this fall. Neither DH nor I wants the kid gone all day for a myriad of reasons, and we see no reason for it at five years old. So I go to look into the much-touted "Transitional K) for kiddos born between Sept-Dec.
Turns out that is still a full day. Okay.
In which they are, teacher quote here "Teaching to the test" and there is little time for circles/structured play.
Then I go to look at the cafeteria menu because hey, there might be times that would be a handy option. You guys, it was horrifying. Not in a "My little snowflake can't eat that, it's not grassfed organic fermented unicorn juice!" way, but that.... all that is is fried carbs and my son is going to feel like crap eating it and be bouncing off the walls. Holy hell, who loads a room of kindergartners on cinnamon rolls for breakfast, burgers or pizza for lunch, and expects that day to go well?".
I think it says a whole bunch about our education system that we apparently load little kids up on nutritionally empty junk at school. School. Where they are supposed to go for their betterment and growth, but instead we're going to shove fake "food" at them and "teach to the test". Yes, we care about these children. Seriously I think I started hearing Pink Floyd in the background at that point.
I'm seriously bummed out. I WANTED my son to get to go to kindergarten and make little friends, but apparently how parents of older kids have talked about how little time their children have for that... I get it now. They weren't exaggerating.
DH has been lobbying for homeschooling for years now. He's been all "There are co-ops! And extra curriculars! And sports and gymnastics and whatever else we could dream up!" and I've been all "Hrremm. Want him to spread his wings a bit. Want him to make little friends his own age."
I.... I think DH wins. We knew which curriculum we'd go with if we did HS, so I'm ordering it probably today.
Kind of sad. But holy shit.
Please tell me what your kids did in K, and what year they went?