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(Washington Post)   School writes letter to upset parents explaining their students' Kindergarten play was cancelled so they can prepare students for college. Letter shows the administrators should consider retaking English 101   (washingtonpost.com ) divider line
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2014-04-27 03:38:12 PM  
7 votes:
Yet the football game probably still went on, the farkin nazi hypocites.
2014-04-27 03:46:30 PM  
4 votes:

Heywood Jublowme: MezzoPips: I went to college for musical theatre and had little interest in academics growing up (especially math and science). Every school play prepared me for doing it now, so plays WERE detrimental to my education.

/voice teacher
//community theatre actress
///which means Tip Well.

Apparently those plays did harm you're education. Perhaps you meant instrumental. I suddenly see the validity of these dumb teachers decision to cancel the play.


Here's a shocker - some people have no interest in math and science yet they have happy and fulfilling lives.
2014-04-27 03:27:58 PM  
4 votes:
Yes, taking away something that they had looked forward to is most definitely in their best interests.
2014-04-27 01:22:59 PM  
4 votes:
Next step:  having all pregnancies c-sectioned at 30 weeks, so that they have a critical ten-extra-weeks of life to prepare them for college and career.

The letter really is a great example of educational philosophy in the 21st century, though.
2014-04-27 06:33:40 PM  
3 votes:
"College and career ready" is the catchphrase of Common Core. The language of the entire letter is a passive aggressive tantrum about common core. It is true that a lot of fun activities not strictly related to academics have gone by the wayside due to CC. Most schools should however be able to find time for a perhaps toned down kindergarten play. This school is instead going with, "See how we are all SUFFERING to make sure YOUR CHILDREN are passing the new standards!" Rather childish, really.
2014-04-27 04:27:01 PM  
3 votes:

Northern Claw: School was upset since kid could read before Kindergarten. She wanted to learn. Wasn't taught the school's approved way.

They were also upset at her chosen TV shows. This Old House (Bob Vila), Last Chance Garage, and Cosmos. She had a crush on Carl Sagan. Told the school, no profanity, nudity, violence or any other off the wall behavior and to mind their business.

Also called the kid a liar when she made a statement about Saturn. We do have a telescope and she had seen it, so she was right and the teacher was wrong.

I'd still teach reading using phonics and I don't give a RA what the educators say.


Good job!  My mother had the same attitude.  My fourth grade teacher complained to her in a PT Conference that I needed to read books "more appropriate to my age level", because my "vocabulary included too many bigs words the other children didn't understand."

My mom told the teacher that I was encouraged to read anything I wanted to read, and perhaps instead of complaining about my vocabulary, the teacher could use the time to teach the other children the meaning of the words.  When mom found out the real problem was that I used words the teacher didn't understand, she started encouraging me to read and use as many "big words" as I could, and teach them to the other kids at recess.
2014-04-27 03:39:04 PM  
3 votes:
Of course, the article HAS to blame Obama for this somehow.......
2014-04-27 03:38:31 PM  
3 votes:
So what's the REAL reason you canceled the play? Too much god or not enough?
2014-04-27 05:13:45 PM  
2 votes:
My first thought was did this school have a lot of snow days this year? If they over ran their built in snow days I can see them cancelling the play to make up for days missed.

My second thought was that there was probably 1 teacher that had done all of the organization for the show for years, and that teacher retired or left the school. Now they can't find any teachers that are willing to step into that role.

But anyway the excuse they gave was BS and she should just really tell the truth instead of making something up that they think people will find acceptable, because whenever you do that it usually turns out sounding extra silly.
2014-04-27 05:04:41 PM  
2 votes:
Kindergarten
'college and career ready.'


Yeah they tried this with us in elementary school. They tried giving us the "real world" scary speech, all that.

Too bad I had already been accepted to a (not so impressive, local, almost CC) college when I tried taking the SAT for fun. I hadn't decided to go to college at that age (afraid I might turn into a Fark-reading weirdo or something).

But I had tried walking around their college. Being the cute little kid everybody wanted to talk to. (More awkward than flattering but thanks.) Sitting in some classes.

I went ahead and told my whole elementary school class our teacher was full of shiat and there was far LESS busywork/shiatwork in college. And that the "real world" was after college, where my father got to do whatever the hell he wanted for homework, after he was done painting/fixing staircases/remodeling bathrooms/all the other stuff he did.

This did not help to wash off my know-it-all smartass reputation with my teacher.
2014-04-27 03:43:19 PM  
2 votes:

TV's Vinnie: Of course, the article HAS to blame Obama for this somehow.......


Blame Carter for Reagan which lead to Bush which gave us Clinton who gave us Bush who gave us Obama.  Thanks a lot you asshole President Taft!
2014-04-27 03:30:46 PM  
2 votes:
With morans like this in charge you may actually be better off just turning on sesame street for a few hours a day.

Can you picture the 28 year old janitor shaking his head in remorse? "if only I had been studying instead of doing that stupid play when I was 4"

Ya me either.
2014-04-27 02:06:49 PM  
2 votes:
"Is our children learning?"
2014-04-27 08:50:52 PM  
1 vote:
www.appletvhacks.net
She's only six!
2014-04-27 05:49:48 PM  
1 vote:
Instead of the play, they should have pit the students against each other "American Gladiator-style". That would prepare them for the future that lies ahead.

/ throw in some Chinese and Indian kids to make it more realistic
2014-04-27 05:34:10 PM  
1 vote:
As an older adult, I look back over my education and realize that at least half of the staff who taught me should never have been allowed to interact with children.
2014-04-27 05:11:30 PM  
1 vote:
Not enough "donations" from the parents this year?

I know, let's shiatcan the play. That will teach them to be more generous in the future.
2014-04-27 05:02:22 PM  
1 vote:

WTFDYW: We know where Meow Said The Dog works.


I could just picture Meow teaching preschool kids as something like this:

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"I've got a great trick to play on a three year old kid. Whenever you're around them, talk wrong. So, now it's like his first day of school and he says to the teacher, 'May I Mambo dogface to the banana patch?' Put that kid in a special class or something."
2014-04-27 04:44:26 PM  
1 vote:
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2014-04-27 04:42:45 PM  
1 vote:
This is the effect of common core. High stakes testing leads schools to teach the tests to make sure they keep their funding. fark the kids minds, there's bribe money at stake.

Our children have been sold. The public school system has been replaced with a private, for profit system. The data that is being collected on childen and given to private corps makes the NSA jealous.
2014-04-27 04:23:52 PM  
1 vote:

tylerdurden217: JoieD'Zen: Heywood Jublowme: MezzoPips: I went to college for musical theatre and had little interest in academics growing up (especially math and science). Every school play prepared me for doing it now, so plays WERE detrimental to my education.

/voice teacher
//community theatre actress
///which means Tip Well.

Apparently those plays did harm you're education. Perhaps you meant instrumental. I suddenly see the validity of these dumb teachers decision to cancel the play.

Here's a shocker - some people have no interest in math and science yet they have happy and fulfilling lives.

This.


Yep, and even those of us who enjoy and excel in math and science aren't necessarily all that successful or productive. I have two bachelor's degrees in sciences and I'm still unemployed, LOL. That's me, an educated American building the future of our nation and the world. Too bad I can't act.
2014-04-27 04:17:31 PM  
1 vote:
Once upon a time there was a federal education ministry with much more money than influence. So they decided one fine day to seek their policy data and KPIs in the lower primary schools. NAPLAN was a grand, beautiful thing, which compared the rich and the poor, the black and the white, so that the federal department could identify areas of need and fund localised support programs. But the NAPLAN had woken two terrible sets of monsters, the school-shopping parents and the doofus school principals. Soon the land was full of desperation and fear as teachers were told to teach 7 year olds to the test.
2014-04-27 04:15:42 PM  
1 vote:

Heywood Jublowme: Apparently those plays did harm you're education. Perhaps you meant instrumental. I suddenly see the validity of these dumb teachers decision to cancel the play


Remember, sometimes you are you're education.
2014-04-27 04:02:45 PM  
1 vote:
That letter...

They didn't even indent. How is this possible?

How so these educators keep their jobs?

Yes, if you are an educator, you should have an infraction placed on your record for sending a letter this pathetic out into the public.
2014-04-27 03:53:31 PM  
1 vote:

JoieD'Zen: Heywood Jublowme: MezzoPips: I went to college for musical theatre and had little interest in academics growing up (especially math and science). Every school play prepared me for doing it now, so plays WERE detrimental to my education.

/voice teacher
//community theatre actress
///which means Tip Well.

Apparently those plays did harm you're education. Perhaps you meant instrumental. I suddenly see the validity of these dumb teachers decision to cancel the play.

Here's a shocker - some people have no interest in math and science yet they have happy and fulfilling lives.


This.
2014-04-27 03:48:28 PM  
1 vote:
'i' before 'e' except when I pee...

www.seriouseats.com
2014-04-27 03:41:14 PM  
1 vote:
I wonder if this has anything to do with school funds, possibly maybe some misappropriation involved. Did they go over-budget somewhere else? They're just stone-walling. We're still reeling in Atlanta from the public school scandal in 2011, where teachers were finding clever ways to change grades or take the kids off the school record instead of teaching the concepts or directing the kids to additional help. They should see if funding was a cause.

This woman made $600,000 in bonuses in addition to her annual $400,000 salary by changing grades, un-enrolling children in need of additional help, etc...
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2014-04-27 03:37:10 PM  
1 vote:
I went to college for musical theatre and had little interest in academics growing up (especially math and science). Every school play prepared me for doing it now, so plays WERE detrimental to my education.

/voice teacher
//community theatre actress
///which means Tip Well.
 
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