While most parents teach their children the alphabet and numbers, it is highly unlikely that these parents are adequate enough to effectively teach their children the knowledge needed for the first grade. Simply put, parents are not qualified teachers to ensure that adequate information needed for first grade is covered at home. This does not mean at all that parents are
MANDATING KINDERGARTEN 5 stupid or dumber than their children;, they just may not have the tools need to teach their children. The average parent may possess a college degree and work from hours of nine to five,; therefore, the time to spend to teach their children isn’t as much as it would be in kindergarten. In most dual-parented households, one parent may work while the others stays at home, but the stay at home parents’ duties do not only include teaching the child. They will have to tend to cleaning the house, cooking and doing laundry while also tending to the child. The emphasis will not be solely on the child, while at kindergarten it will. As cited in Rothstein (2004, p. 28) "On average, professional parents spoke over 2,000 words per hour to their children, working class parents spoke about 1,300, and welfare mothers spoke about 600. So by age 3, children of professionals had vocabularies that were nearly 50% greater than those of working-class children and twice as large as those of welfare children". (DeWitt, 2012, p.1). Also, if a child has a learning disability at home, parents aren’t equipped to see the signs that their child has a difficult time learning. Kindergarten, with professional teacher will be able to diagnose the child’s possible learning disability and form efficient and effective ways for that child to learn while also teaching the parents ways to help him learn at home. This will help the young student avoid any setbacks he or she could possibly run into in the first grade. Some will say there is no need for kindergarten since it is offered in most states, whether it is mandated or not. At the same time, most parents already take their children to kindergarten. Therefore, while kindergarten is not mandatory, children are still attending kindergarten and reaping its benefits as they prepare for the first grade. While it’s likely that most children will attend children will attend kindergarten mandated or not, there are still plenty of children how will not. An article from the LA Times newspaper in 2002 stated that in the state of California,
MANDATING KINDERGARTEN 6 which at the time had approximately 50,000 kindergarten age children, 10% of those kindergarten age children did not attend kindergarten because by law, education isn’t compulsory until the age of six (Moore, 2002). That 10% of kindergarten age children that didn’t attend kindergarten had trouble adjusting both academically and socially (Moore, 2002). Also, with kindergarten not mandatory, it means that child’s attendance isn’t mandatory if he or she indeed attends kindergarten. Therefore, that said child could miss multiple days out of the week, if not
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