Re: “Full-day kindergarten is a key to early learning” (Viewpoint, 2-21)
I must provide some reasons why I believe full-day kindergarten should not be mandatory.
At age 5 and 6, children are still young and growing. Many cannot cope with six hours of interaction in a group environment. Overstimulation, lack of solitary imaginative playtime and simple tiredness create emotional and physical problems for many kids. The full-day kindergarten model incorporates some downtime but does not provide a complete break from constant stimuli.
The author, Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, has forgotten to mention the most important educators of …