currently do not even require their school districts to offer kindergarten” (Gullo, p. 163). That one sentence shocked me, I understand not making kindergarten mandatory, but allowing schools to not even offer kindergarten just seems barbaric to me. “…Clearly all kindergarten children should be exposed to and taught a second language, including native English speakers” (Gullo, p. 166). If I had to pick one sentence from the entire text to agree with, it would be this one. I believe it would be incredibly beneficial for children to learn a second language while they are still young enough to become fluent in it. I would love to become fully fluent in Spanish, but because I did not begin to learn it until I was in high school it was very hard and I fear I will never fully grasp the language. I wish someone could have taught me even just the basics when I was a small child. Other countries are doing it, why are we not keeping up with the trend? These chapters from K Today: Teaching and Learning in the Kindergarten Year bring up some very good points. Some of which, are reminders of what we should do, while others will shock you with the fact that some districts/states are still excluding important factors of education. I hope that one day, not only will every state require kindergartens but that they will also provide opportunities for all children to learn and become fluent in a second language.
Huntley 4 Works Cited Gullo, D. (2006). K today: Teaching and learning in the kindergarten year . (pp. 137- 170). Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.
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