$50,000,000 in savings to taxpayers is expected to result.
Another advantage to our economy would be the boost to small business. I can visualize new private kindergartens sprouting up all over the state, either run by or employing the displaced teachers.
But my real purpose in proposing this is to benefit children. I was a teacher myself and yet I can admit that our experiment in socialized education--yes, that’s what it is--has resulted in a society which today has a 44% illegitimacy rate, a church drop-out rate among 18-year-olds of 70%, and (among many other ills) a suicide rate among teens that has tripled in 60 years. So instead of just giving the schools more and more money, let’s try giving them less.
Please Dr. Raymond Moore’s “Better Late than Early” and discover the copious research that gives credence to my proposal. Little children do better when they stay in the nest until they’re more mature than a kindergartener. They learn faster, too, so that teachers don’t need to keep presenting the same material over and over again--in the “spiral curriculum”.
Rhandi Aber commented
This idea and any votes to support it sadden me. As the mother of three and a teacher I know firsthand how important the skills learned in Kindergarten are. It is not just coloring and snack times. Children are reading independently by the end of their kindergarten year. Eliminating this program would only push the kindergarten curriculum into other grade levels. Privatizing Kindergartens would only benefit those who could afford them. Those that could not would be sending children ill prepared on to first grade as a burden to a teacher already forced to teach extra curriculum. Not to mention the fact that unprepared students would drag down test scores costing districts more money when the schools fail to meet the requirements set by NCLB. Shouldn’t we look to cut money where it would do the least harm to the kids?
Karen Scheffer Moss commented
oh my goodness, who are you people? - hats off to the parent who stays home and has the ability, time and educational level to teach their preschool child those IMPORTANT skills that will ensure that they meet the basic skills necessary to set the stage for success kindergarten and beyond. Unfortunately, the REALITY is that there are parents out their who A) work full time B) cannot afford a daycare program that offers anything beyond simple childcare. Go back and look at the history of public school eductation - it is about democracy and ensuring every child an equal chance - not creating an educational lottery based upon parent income.
Theodore Guindon commented
Absolutely it should be eliminated. That will never happen as most school district school boards are made up of people like Obama who does not keep it's word. The Post Falls School District, when it implemented kindergarten in Post Falls, said it would eliminate kindergartens if it's budgets could not be met and grades 1-12 would suffer. I knew that was a lie from "hell" when I heard them say that. We have had many fiscal problems which ended up costing the taxpapers millions in building new schools. They also placed the kindergarten in a building they (the schoolboard) stated was too unsafe for human habitation and need a new elementary school to replace it. Low and behold, they got their new elementary school and placed kindergarten and the alternative high school in that building.
Yep, State-funded daycare (all that kidergarten is) needs to go.
Once again I find a kindred spirit in Joe.....
What an awful idea. We would benefit in future from additional early childhood education, not less.
Megan Butler commented
Instead of eliminating kindergarten how about starting kindergarten at age 6? this might addrress the issues youve listed.
PS loved my kindergarten teacher.
Joe Swank commented
I would go further and eliminate all public schooling..