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Debate & Discuss: KINDERGARTEN

Posted by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 4:58 PM
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Each state has an age of "compulsory attendance" - which is the age at which a child legally MUST be enrolled in some schooling.

For purposes of THIS DISCUSSION ONLY, let's say that for your state, any child turning 6 years old by September 1st must enroll in school that year.  


For purposes of THIS DISCUSSION ONLY, let's call that first year of schooling FIRST GRADE.


Questions:

1) should any education - as in KINDERGARTEN that is attended before age 6 (the age of MANDATORY school attendance) - be provided and funded by the local/state/federal government - as in FREE TO ATTEND?


2) should it be available on a "sliding scale fee" (as in those who can afford more - pay more) if it is not MANDATORY since the child is not required to attend school per the law?




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Cindy18
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:18 PM
I think kindergarten is important for social skills. I like the sliding scale idea. The school districts are in financial distress and they could use the money.
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matofour
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:37 PM
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I think it should be free. It's such an important stepping stone to school, and let's face it most kindergartners learn a lot, not just social skills like they used to.
Math, reading, science is all a part of the day now.
I think not going to kindergarten, and starting in 1 grade will cause a child to be behind.

With that being said, we have two districts in our state that have cut the kindergarten program completly due to budget cuts. So, you either pay for private school or your kid starts in 1 grade. I know the districts had to make some pretty tough choices, and did the best they could. But, I am glad we don't live in a district like that!
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bmw29
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:41 PM
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I personally don't feel that the federal government should be involved with the education of our children at all.
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auroragold
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:42 PM


Quoting bmw29:

I personally don't feel that the federal government should be involved with the education of our children at all.

What about local and/or state government?

auroragold
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:43 PM


Quoting matofour:

I think it should be free. It's such an important stepping stone to school, and let's face it most kindergartners learn a lot, not just social skills like they used to.
Math, reading, science is all a part of the day now.
I think not going to kindergarten, and starting in 1 grade will cause a child to be behind.

With that being said, we have two districts in our state that have cut the kindergarten program completly due to budget cuts. So, you either pay for private school or your kid starts in 1 grade. I know the districts had to make some pretty tough choices, and did the best they could. But, I am glad we don't live in a district like that!

so,though the law doesn't REQUIRE school until age 6, the state should provide free school prior to that?

Starting at what age?

bmw29
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:46 PM
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I don't have a problem with state and local. Public education is suppose to be overseen by the individual states. I would prefer to see a system where the schools are ran lile a business and parenta could choose what school no matter the type to send their children. It's my stance that school choice is something we are lacking in this country.

Quoting auroragold:


Quoting bmw29:

I personally don't feel that the federal government should be involved with the education of our children at all.

What about local and/or state government?

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matofour
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:47 PM
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I believe, but Would have to look it up to double check.
My state is not required until seven, which is why kindergarten can be cut.
And yes, I think the state should pay for kindergarten (if that's 5-6 then yes that age)
And I also think paying for pre k is vital. My state does not, but study after study will tell you how important early childhood education is.



Quoting auroragold:


Quoting matofour:

I think it should be free. It's such an important stepping stone to school, and let's face it most kindergartners learn a lot, not just social skills like they used to.

Math, reading, science is all a part of the day now.

I think not going to kindergarten, and starting in 1 grade will cause a child to be behind.



With that being said, we have two districts in our state that have cut the kindergarten program completly due to budget cuts. So, you either pay for private school or your kid starts in 1 grade. I know the districts had to make some pretty tough choices, and did the best they could. But, I am glad we don't live in a district like that!

so,though the law doesn't REQUIRE school until age 6, the state should provide free school prior to that?

Starting at what age?


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xo.MommyW.xo
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:48 PM
Yes it should be (and is) free
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Kris_PBG
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:51 PM
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Considering in order to be promoted out of K in my county you must be reading in a guided reading level C, I don't know how they would expect children to be ready to start 1st grade reading without a grade to teach those skills.

Full day K has been the norm in my district for a LONG time -it is hard to imagine anything less here...
auroragold
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:52 PM

So why not make school MANDATORY at an earlier age then?

Quoting matofour:

I believe, but Would have to look it up to double check.
My state is not required until seven, which is why kindergarten can be cut.
And yes, I think the state should pay for kindergarten (if that's 5-6 then yes that age)
And I also think paying for pre k is vital. My state does not, but study after study will tell you how important early childhood education is.



Quoting auroragold:


Quoting matofour:

I think it should be free. It's such an important stepping stone to school, and let's face it most kindergartners learn a lot, not just social skills like they used to.

Math, reading, science is all a part of the day now.

I think not going to kindergarten, and starting in 1 grade will cause a child to be behind.



With that being said, we have two districts in our state that have cut the kindergarten program completly due to budget cuts. So, you either pay for private school or your kid starts in 1 grade. I know the districts had to make some pretty tough choices, and did the best they could. But, I am glad we don't live in a district like that!

so,though the law doesn't REQUIRE school until age 6, the state should provide free school prior to that?

Starting at what age?



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