Kindergarten Program Canceled for College Prep
May is finally here, and do you know what that means? School is coming to an end! Temporarily, of course. But the school year will finally be finished up, and the kids will be enjoying a much-deserved break. And with the end of the school year comes end-of-the-year parties, dance festivals, choir concerts, and every other sort of loud-and-proud way to send off the 2013-2014 school year.
Kindergartners easily have the best time. I mean, they are celebrating their first year at the elementary school, which is a huge deal! The kindergartners that live in my neighborhood celebrate the end of the school year with a dance festival. Every year, without fail, 60 5-year-olds do the “Crazy Chicken Dance.” Because what on earth else can you do to celebrate kindergarten?!
Well, I guess you could celebrate just like the kindergartners did at Harley Avenue Primary School in New York.
“And why didn't they celebrate?” you may ask. Because they had to get ready for college.
Yeah. The faculty of Harley Avenue Primary School canceled their end-of-the-year program because the kids weren't learning anything whatsoever, nor were they making strides towards a college education. The self-proclaimed ever-so responsible staff of the school wrote this letter in response to the outraged parents:
“We are responsible for preparing children for college and career with valuable lifelong skills and know that we can best do that by having them become strong readers, writers, coworkers and problem solvers.”
So yes. Instead of parents being able to see their little guy or little guy sing their heart out in celebration, they get to kick it at home or work while their children sit at school and “prepare” for college.
Oh yeah. The staff also mentioned that they didn't want to be heckled for “making professional decisions.” Inspired by this move, Melissa Sher at the Huffington Post gave some suggestions of things that babies could do to further prepare for college, instead of celebrating kindergarten.
What do you think? Is this completely over the top and ridiculous, or is college a lot closer than kindergartners realize?