The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland

If you have a short attention span, an Atlantic article isn’t for you. However, if you want to try, here’s a link “Joyful Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland“.

So why the fuss about Kindergarten in the Mason NH Gazette? Well at the September 21, 2015 Mason School Board meeting, the superintendent indicated he intends to do a better sales effort at upgrading to a full day kindergarten program than what occurred last year when the proposal was defeated.

The superintendent gave the school board a Monadnock Ledger article which cites numerous experts (including an interview of himself in the June 9, 2015 issue) to support his cause.

There has also been slow expansion creep of the Mason food program. For example by providing a breakfast and lunch for all students including those only there for 1/2 the day. Implication, parents no longer have time to feed their children? Or perhaps the district does a more cost effective job providing food? One look at the school budget should immediately put an end to that notion.

Long story short, this issue is not black and white. We urge you to look at other sources of information. The resident experts probably have good intentions, but also a conflict of interest.

Much of the noise about the failure of the American educational system is probably not related to a lack of a full day kindergarten.

What’s next? Inviting pregnant moms to the multipurpose room and exposing them to classical music to perhaps create the next Beethoven in utero? Silly thought? Think again, we’ve read that there are people that actually do this. And besides, the acoustics in the multipurpose room might just have the opposite effect ;-)

Note we occasionally have issues following external links in our posts. This is usually, but not always, a case of exceeding the Ledger’s paywall limitation. However we use old issues to start fires in the wood stove. Keeping a paper based scrapbook or scanning it to preserve history is not part of our plans. Even our local library eventually seems to scrap their issues, so learning from history from paper copies seems not to bee at the top of their charter either.

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