Monday, December 4, 2006

Where are Gullo, Olsen and Zigler When You Need Them?

Standardized testing for Kindergarteners!
In Texas they test 'em early, and test 'em often.
The San Antonio's Express-News headline read:
More kids repeating kindergarten
Here's an excerpt:
Texas public schools retained 11,684 kindergarteners, an average of 3.7 percent, statewide in 2004 — the most recent year for which data are available. Many local districts retained at much higher rates. North East, for example, held back 297 kindergarten students, or 7 percent.

How sad. Pushing babies to pass standardized tests -
and when they fail, label them and hold them back...
and parents are o.k. with this???
I guess it's the new version of Texas hold 'em.

Wiki says
"Gullo (1990) and Olsen and Zigler (1989) warn educators and parents to resist the pressure to include more didactic academic instruction in all-day kindergarten programs. They contend that this type of instruction is inappropriate for young children."

I couldn't agree more.

1 comment:

Dana said...

Texas is a tough state. And the state has it kind of easy given their population. The parents I worked with were 100% Hispanic an trying to empower them to stand up to the system (they oftentimes wish to remain as hidden from as possible) is difficult. Parents have an enormous power with the school system and can advocate most effectively for their child, but many don't realize this, especially immigrants. That is why I was so excited about the story (out of New Jersey, I believe) about support for Hispanics looking to homeschool.

Where I worked, the only ones really telling the parents how to work with the school system was the school system itself.