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Friday, November 04, 2005

Kindergarten Should Not Be Compulsory At Age 5

The NY State Board of Regents wants to lower the age of compulsory education from age six to five. Almost all five year olds go to school now even though it is not compulsory, so why change things. We sent one of our children to kindergarten at age six because she was born late in the year, and we didn't feel she was ready. It was the right move. Parents still need to have the discretion as to when to start their children in kindergarten. The move to make kindergarten compulsory at age five is at best unnecessary and at worst is a way for the government to have more control of your children than it does now. No Board of Regents can determine whether or not your child is ready for kindergarten; only you as a parent can.

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