The End of Kindergarten

Toys "R" Useless in Greeley Kindergartens?

Yes! In all Greeley-Evans public elementary schools, recess time has been severely reduced and kindergartens lack time for play! The schedule is in lock-step in all elementary schools and the literacy block of 90 minutes each day (even in kindergarten!) is so scripted it takes the fun out of learning! Worse is that even toys and play centers have been removed from kindergartens! There is no longer time for children to socialize. They barely have time to talk to each other or their teacher, and teachers lack sufficient time to ensure that individual children's needs are met!
A teacher commented: "The "teachable moments" are gone."

Early childhood educators like Maria Montessori and especially the German founder of Kindergarten, Friedrich Froebel, would be absolutely appalled that our District Six administration and elected school board members are willfully ignoring the developmental needs and emotional well-being of our children by focusing on standardized academics and lots of testing only!

Although 86% of surveyed elementary teachers question some of these new implementations the school board keeps ignoring the concerns! Some parents have said they will pull their children out of Greeley schools to enroll them in charter schools or to home school them. Some already have and currently their children can be considered to be the fortunate ones, but what about All Children Left Behind? It is urgent and critical that we convince the school board and the administration that some much needed changes need to happen before the second semester starts! Time is running out and we do not want more and more children to hate school and disengage at an even younger age than many already typically do! We have been told by teachers themselves that many will resign by January!

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