Schools teach what the people YOU elected tell them to teach. Period! Change
your vote if you don't like what is being forced on teachers to teach your
children. Teachers are employees of the state and do what they are mandated to
do. It's time to point your fingers somewhere else. Understand how the
system works before you throw thousands of exceptional educators under the bus.
I suggest every school use the great free program for youth activity called Just
Run. It includes physical activity and nutrition education and good citizenship.
Just Run can be implemented in any school anywhere. The program raises
fitnessgram scores and academic testing scores as well in schools that have
adopted it. Last year almost 10,000 kids in 90 schools did it. Just Run is free
and a superb program for pre-schoolers up through high school. Can be done as
your entire P.E. program or at recess or breaks or before school or after
school. It can be implemented by just one teacher or the entire school.
If your daughter is bored already, you will do her a disservice by keeping her
in the public school. Even charter schools are not much better because they
attract a lot of kids that are exceptional and lots of kids with learning
problems, so they suffer in the clasroom there too.My children were
at about the same level that your daugher is at in Kindergarten. The public
school system fails miserably for kids that are advanced in their learning. The
public schools are geared to passing the NCLB tests. They don't learn much
more.One thing you will find as your daughter gets older is that you
will work with her on homework for 2 hours a night, and that is after having
instruction for 7 hours. Then, you will have to re-teach what was not explained
well in class. So, it will take 9 hours a day to educate your daughter in
public school, but 3 hours for homeschooling.
We lived in Mississippi before moving back to Utah, so homeschooling was a
-very- serious consideration. MS and LA take turns being the worst in education
in the U.S. every year. I home-schooled my daughter for preschool and would love
to send her to a private school like Challenger, which I attended as a child,
but because of economic reasons we decided to try out kindergarten at our local
elementary school. I've mostly heard good spoken of it, but already my
daughter comes home complaining of being bored with the schoolwork (she was
reading at a second-grade level by the time we finished with
"preschool", so it's understandable she's bored just learning
her "letters").I agree, there's a lot of
"social" behavior kids pick up from their classmates we can do just fine
without. I'll keep considering the homeschool option; it's great there
are lots of resources and co-ops available to parents these days. I'm sure
between my husband's and my bachelor degrees, his master's and
soon-to-be doctorate, we can at least get our kids up to high school.
Anyone out there remember "Chicken Fat"? In 1961, President Kennedy
thought too many of America's youth were over-weight. Sound familiar? He
instituted the Presidential Physical Fitness Award and even had an "exercise
record" recorded and sent to every US school. I well remember doing
"Chicken Fat" every day at Highland Park Elementary in 4th grade. Last
month, I found "Chicken Fat" on YouTube and introduced it to the 5th
grade class I work with. They love it and demand to do it every day before math
lesson. It is only 6.5 minutes long. Any teacher should be able to fit that into
their daily class schedule.
Great comments. There needs to be greater balance between classroom, and play
time. Child play is crucial, and improves learning. The concept of American
freedom is enhanced with less micro managing.
To "Danny Chipman" pull your child out of school now!! Your child will
do much better being home schooled if you and are spouse are dedicated to
ensuring that she is well educated. Schools pride themselves on teaching a lot
of different subjects, but cannot spend the time to master any. For example, it
is common now for kids in the 4th grade to not know their multiplication tables
up to 12x12.Go to Timberdoodle or Alpha and Omega and get
homeschooling.My 6 year old knows more about grammar than most 6th
grade kids. Your child will benefit more than you realize if you are dedicated
to teaching. Yes she will miss out on the "socialization", but how many
potty jokes, teenage angst, and catty girls do you want to deal with? The
homeschool teenagers I have spoken with are wonderful to talk to and don't
roll their eyes when an adults address them.
I'll be watching this legislation with interest as it develops. My oldest
child is only in kindergarten, and they still have unstructured recess time on
an outdoor playset. However, unless some drastic changes are made to the P.E.
curriculum in the next few years, I'll seriously consider pulling her out
for a home-schooled period of P.E., as my mom did with me. We went for walks,
went rollerskating, swimming, or just jumped on the backyard trampoline.Oh, wait. Most of those are all no-nos now, according to the AAP. Too
To "As If!" it sounds like you have no control over your classroom.
Aren't teachers responsible for the rules within their classrooms, and
won't the Principal listen to you? Why can't you simply make a rule
that during winter children must have appropriate clothing to play out side, and
those who don't will have their parents called and informed that their
child is not dressed for the weather and that clothing must be brought or the
child will be given detention.Unless it is pouring rain, there is no
reason to keep kids inside. Back in my day the months of inversion only meant
that sliding down the hill was more fun.Children don't need
more structured play time, they need time to be creatinve and to run and be
Yankees 27: A lot of the children just stand around and you'ld be surprised
at the amount of students who show up in flip flops. If recesses are to be
effective, they need to be organized. Also, we keep the kids inside for many
days if the weather is bad, including a bad inversion. Truly, most of the older
kids just hang out around the doors or find excuses to come inside to use the
bathroom. Drives teachers crazy. I have have many students even borrow my coat
and shoes. If recesses are to be truly effective, as I have already stated, they
need to have exercise stations with qualified adults, but we don't have the
money for it. Bummer.
I think we should cur the school day in half, and structure our "hard
sciences" and math to real world applications. I also think accounting and
personal financial management should be required courses. I think math should be
done away with as a stand alone subject, and should be taught in the context of
finance, accounting, computer programing, and other other disciplines that will
be useful and allow kids to learn to apply mathematics to more than just a
As if!, Um, you don't need to ski or ride to exercise at school in the
winter. I know, I grew up here. You allow kids to play on the snowhills, to run
in the snow, to play king of the hill, or do what comes naturally to kids, and
that's just get out and be creative. We are way too over protective of kids
now days, we need to allow them to go out and play. Although my kids
are active with after school activities like dance, tumbling, wrestling, etc.,
during the day they still need to get "let out of the cage" for a few
recesses. As adults, who doesn't like to get out of the office and get some
fresh air a few times during the day? Well, kids need that too! Impartial- LOL!, ya, I was the chubby one in my class, and I was like maybe a
few pounds over weight. Luckily, because I was taught good nutrition and served
good food by my mother, I never carried that past my teens, but you're
right, now you see too many kids carrying an extra 10-20 pounds. Very sad!
In response to Worf, if today's schools existed back in the 1800's
would we have computers, thus negating the need for the Airplane, lightbulb, and
I think the saddest part of this article is that the parents themselves are
expected to oppose this legislation. It is not going to hurt your little
darlings to move a little more. If my son were school age, I would hope his
school would be one of the ones trying this out.
Cut school days in half, and education will boom. Lesser is better then
more.If today's schools existed in the 1800's, we
wouldn't have the airplane, light bulb, telephones, etc.
When you have 35 sixth graders in a classroom, where do you have room to have
them exercise? I grew up in California, so we could pretty much go outside
year-round. Utah's weather does not favor year round exercise unless you
can ski, snowboard, etc,... That has always been a problem for us teachers.
Wow! It takes a study to show what schools recognized 40 years ago? That PE was
for energizine metabolism & keeping kids moving? Remember when most classes
had one "chubby" kid? 50% of today's kids would be considered
chubby. Get them moving.
It's no revolution. We teachers have always known that students need
physical activity during the school day. When testing mania swept over the
schools we told administrators that cutting P.E was counter-productive. They
didn't believe us. We have also insisted that allowing students to learn
music and art helps in overall brain development.I guess we have to
find some "expert" to present our common knowledge as a new idea.
I have a novel idea!! How about less time off for Seminary and more time On for
the hard sciences and math?!?