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The May 10 article on full day kindergarten was revealing, yet left some truths unsaid. Noted was the fact that by the second or third grade students tend to equalize the benefits of full day kindergarten. This is also true for the Head Start program. Full day kindergarten is a benefit mainly for those parents who are employed full time. Isn’t this a babysitting service?
Teachers are wanting to earn the equivalent of a year’s salary for what amounts to less than 9 months work. That is a lot of money for the rest of us to come up with for a combination of education and babysitting. Shouldn’t the County come up with other part-time jobs for these teachers so that they work the same 12 months, or so, as the rest of us?
This begets the question, “Exactly what are we expecting from our school system?” Education is one thing, but isn’t expecting the system to be surrogate parents a bit too much? When does the burden of a student who is a discipline problem revert back to the parents? Isn’t an autistic child who becomes a danger to others a problem for the parents, not the school system? Our school system is a microcosm what we want our society to become. Shouldn’t school be a safe-haven for learning, not a parental substitute; nor a stressful environment created by political correctness? Doesn’t it seem we still have a lot of work to do?
William F Hineser,Arvada
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