School Cancels Kindergarten Show Because It's Not 'Preparing Kids for College'
byKaitlin StanfordApr 28, 2014
Much as we'd like to think that our kids will go off to kindergarten and return as little child geniuses, we have to remember that it's a lot of finger painting and sandbox playing and "Don't pick your nose and eat it" kind of lessons that are getting taught while they're away from us. Because, hey, these are 5-year-olds we're talking about.
But one school in Elwood, N.Y., is taking the daily curriculum of their kindergartners far more seriously than that. So seriously, in fact, that it has recently nixed a popular kindergarten music show because administrators would rather focus on making the kids "strong readers and problem solvers," according to Long Island news site News12.com. The annual show usually showcases the kids singing songs for their parents.
"The reason we are eliminating the kindergarten show is simple," a letter to parents read. "We are responsible for preparing children for college and career with valuable lifelong skills."
Hmm ... while we do agree that schools should be prepping our kids with lessons for the long haul, we're not so sure how partaking in an hour-long music concert when you're 5 is going to derail your chances of getting into college 13 years later.
The kids' parents weren't so sure either, and have since set up an online petition to get the show back. So far, it's racked up more than 1,000 signatures, but administrators at Harley Avenue Primary School have not budged.
News 12 reached out to the school, which responded by saying that its decision "is in the best interest of the students."