Mandatory Kindergarten?

Kindergarten isn’t mandatory in Kansas. Some people think it should be.

Educators say kindergarten has become so important to the development of children that it’s time for the state to make attendance mandatory. A bill sponsored by Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, and Sen. Jean Schodorf, R-Wichita, would do just that. The mandatory school attendance age in Kansas is 7, and kindergarten is optional. The senators’ bill would lower the mandatory age to 6, and require children to attend at least half-day kindergarten.

One teacher says that without kindergarten, “first-grade test scores are a struggle.” We imagine that some parents of home-schooled children might disagree.

As any look at test scores would show, the problem with American (and Kansas education, for that matter) is not the lower grades. It’s the upper ones.

Source: Senators push measure to require kindergarten attendance, Topeka Capital-Journal,  February 4.

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