LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Opposes all-day kindergarten

Feb 24, 2012


As a mother of three children that attended morning kindergarten classes, I would be willing to argue with anyone that children at that age will benefit from all-day kindergarten. When my 5-year-old children arrived home after their morning sessions, they had lunch and spent at least 2-3 hours napping. Then, after dinner, would be back in bed by 8 p.m. at the latest.

I cannot believe that anyone that lives with young children can be excited about a 5-year-old going to school from 8:35 a.m. until 3:35 p.m. In the first place, kindergarten should not be about language, arts, math and social studies — it should be about learning how to get along and play with other children.

What is constructive play? Explain this to a child.

I am sure that these decisions are being made because of economic reasons. How sad that these children will be cheated out of their childhood.

Oh well, these children are only our future. I am sure that a 5-year-old that is exhausted will irritate many people — I hope so.

P.S.: Parents, you should be protesting these decisions about your children.

— Linda Wiltse, Spring Lake



Well said!


While I kind of agree with your sentiment it is more constructive to be an advocate of something like a solution than simply oppose the current system. There are two very distinct problems that are working against half day kindergarten. One, the schools can offer half day kindergarten but ony get half the money for doing so. Second, parents get no break on pre-school costs for their kids when not in school so it costs families more.


Finnish schools are some of the best in the world. One of the reasons they are is that teaching jobs are on par with Attorneys and Doctors. Secondly, they have subsidized preschool and 3 year maternity leaves in the workplace. In addition each teacher is required to have a masters degree. The schools are also run by Teachers. Not military, business men, politicians, or the like. They are all educators. We have a long way to go in this country to make our schools the best in the world. But being an advocate of solutions and creative thinking is the path to success.


I think the schools should stay with the half day. The kids have the attention span of ants, any more then a half day just wears them out, while they are not learning any more. It doesn't benefit the kids or the parents to have the little people in class all day.


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