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    Filed at 3:40 pm under by dcobranchi

    Social promotion, social demotion. I’m sick of the whole social mess. But, this educrat takes the cake.

    There are as many reasons for the decisions to delay kindergarten as there are parents who make them. Some say their child is smaller than her peers. Some say their boy can’t sit still in a classroom chair. Some want Junior to be captain of the high school football team.

    But not everyone agrees that an increasing number of 6-year-old kindergartners is a good thing.

    “The ones we’re holding out are the ones who need school the most,” said Cami Jones, who has been director of early childhood education at the Texas Education Agency since 1987. She is an active opponent of holding children out of kindergarten.

    “Whatever reason you give – they’re socially not ready, they’re emotionally immature, whatever – those are the children who need to be in school. The solution is not to keep doing what you’ve been doing.”

    Let’s see. We’ve had compulsory attendance since 1852. It’s obviously not working. Can we stop now?

    Regardless, I think a parent knows when her child is ready to be sentenced to sitting still in a stupid desk for 6 hours a day. (Ideally, never). Educrats should just learn to keep their mouths shut. You know that old saw about being thought an idiot?

    2 Responses to “EDUCRAT KNOWS BEST”

    Comment by
    March 28th, 2004
    at 11:10 pm

    Okay, but these are the people who don’t think that parents are intelligent enough to make most major decisions for their kids. It’s part of the “government knows best” movement. It doesn’t bother me anymore, because they can’t have my kids and I’ll fight tooth and nail should they try to take them (or the decision-making)out of my hands.

    Comment by
    May 4th, 2004
    at 10:08 pm

    Well, my youngest did go to kindergarten at the public school (he was sure he wanted to go to meet and play with other children) and they “flunked” him — not because of academics (he was reading on a 2nd grade level) but because he was so tiny. Didn’t take us long to realize the boys were all better off at home. My eldest is off on his own now and plans to start college next year. My middle one is doing “junior year” level work at age 15 and my little one is now almost as tall as I am and working at two grade levels ahead — he is now 13.