*quotes taken from The Guardian newspaper on Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I seem to be one of very few people bothered by this. It rubs me the wrong way. It makes me realize that parents of small children really have very little choice, since all the emphasis is to warehouse the kids rather than support the parents and let THEM make the choice as to what may be best for their kids.
Here are some quotes from the Minister of Education Kathleen Wynne that are keeping me up at night:
- …a regular school day program led by a teacher and early childhood educator working on a new play-based program tailored to help four- and five-year-olds learn and grow.
Program? Children at that age need a program from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to bed?
- …it is imperative to get all children no matter their background, into the classroom as early as possible.
Why do they have to do their learning in a classroom at age four and five?
- …the kids who are going to be the employers and the employees…etc and so we need to give them the best start possible.
So the kids NEED to be in a classroom in order to get the best start possible? The stay-at-home parent is offering her kids a disadvantage by keeping them home?
Here is what Minister of Children and Youth Services Laurel Broten says (who has preschooler twins, if I’m not mistaken):
- A full day of learning means a full day of guidance and instruction from those who know how kids learn best.
So a certified teacher, possibly one that has no children of his or her own, is better equipped to teach a four and five year old how to learn 8 hours per day in a structured environment than a stay-at-home parent who is going to be spending his or her day tuning in to daytime TV while the kids watch Nickelodeon on a TV in their play- or bedroom.
Both of these women then spend some time talking about how the “integrated curriculum” of “extended day programs” before and after school will only benefit those children more.
While this is going on, we get a nice little note from the federal government telling us that hey, by the way, we owe them $500 of money they have given us in the form of a Child Tax credit. They made a mistake based on their calculations and we should send them a check immediately or face a penalty.
While Javadad heads out to work, I stay at home and make do with just enough money to manage, and instead of support from our government who is already taxing us up the yingyang, we get penalized.
What happened to childhood?
The message is clear:
Get a job Javamom and put your kids in full-day Kindergarten with extended learning opportunities before and afterwards so that I give them the best start to become a contributing member of society.