Letter to the editor: Why hold kids captive longer?

Posted 1/22/19

Is it tragic or comical that with lower income parents decrying the lack of grass and green spaces in their neighborhoods, conditions which are consigning their children to vegetate inside before …

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Letter to the editor: Why hold kids captive longer?

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Is it tragic or comical that with lower income parents decrying the lack of grass and green spaces in their neighborhoods, conditions which are consigning their children to vegetate inside before ‘screens,’ Colorado’s new governor has decreed that all kindergartners will be effectively incarcerated for an extra four hours in concrete boxes before even bigger screens (aka full day kindergarten)?
Under the proposed new regimen, will those parents willing and able to take their children to greener areas at midday, suffer draconian penalties should they conclude that ‘enough is enough’ inside work?
How will parents cope with the daily frustrations of their 5 year olds who just cannot fathom the intricacies of say ‘differential equations’ as presented by a similarly mystified greenhorn teacher?
What can be effectively taught to a 5 year old in the seventh hour of an 8-hour day?
How is it that the German state school system, which does not even start its children until age 7, produces achievement results similar to ours?
Or is the Governor’s proposal merely a sop to the teachers’ unions by padding the school districts’ payrolls with more dues paying members?
Russell W Haas,
Golden

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