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ERIC Number: ED297884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 18
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Two Years of Kindergarten: Ethical and Curricular Considerations.
Billman, Jean
Using tests that are neither reliable nor valid, school districts are currently categorizing large numbers of children as unready for entrance into kindergarten and first grade. Parents are being asked to wait a year before sending their children to public school classes or to place them in a pre-kindergarten class. Other children complete kindergarten but are retained or placed in a transition class before they can proceed to first grade. Affecting one-fourth to one-third of all children, these procedures are disturbing and unjustified, as discussions of birthdate effects on early school success, screening tests, exclusionary practices, retention and transition classes, and changes in the kindergarten curriculum over the last 20 years show. Data indicate that setting up barriers to access to educational settings does not benefit the children excluded or retained. Curriculum and entrance policies must be changed so that kindergarten can become an environment that accepts all 5-year-olds and helps them to pass on to first grade. Schools must accept diversity in all spheres of development and employ well-trained teachers who use appropriate strategies to help all children succeed in the early years of schooling. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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