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07/09/2010

Homeschooling and the New Kindergarten Law

Wisconsin legislation to make completion of kindergarten a prerequisite for attending first grade in a public school has beenpassed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor. WPA opposed this legislation and is disappointed in its passage. Fortunately, two important amendments that WPA worked to get were included in the final bill. First, school districts are required to allow children who meet the district’s requirements to be exempted from kindergarten. Second, a provision has been removed from the original legislation that requires that children demonstrate “the social, emotional, and cognitive skills necessary for admission to the first grade.”

The law is poorly written. It does not state when provisions for charging children enrolled in kindergarten with truancy go into effect. The provisions are being applied arbitrarily by districts.

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09/17/2009

Important Information About Preschool Screening

• Preschool screening is not legally required, even though officials often give the impression that it is.

• Preschool screening is highly subjective. It does not provide accurate scientific results that can be relied on.

• The more children who are labeled as having problems, the more professionals benefit through increased budgets, job security, and prestige. Among those who benefit are test givers, so-called experts in child development, politicians, government officials, teachers, school districts, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, family and juvenile court judges, researchers, corporations, and the pharmaceutical industry.

. This increases the likelihood that increasing numbers of children will be labeled as having learning, social, developmental, and other problems.

• The effects of labeling can last a lifetime, undermining confidence and strength of character.

• Unless it’s obvious that children have a serious problem, they should probably not be screened. The risks of inaccurate and harmful labeling are too great.

• For more information, see Why Children Are Not For ScreeningIncreased Mental Health Screening? Are You Crazy!?!, Let's Not Institutionalize 3, 4, and 5 Year Olds, and WPA resolution #49. Importance of Parents to Children's Development and Learning and a Family's Well Being.

Important Information About Day Care and Preschool

• Young children develop, grow, and learn best when cared for by someone to whom they are attached, preferably their mother, sometimes their father or another adult. Children’s need for this continuity persists even when parents need or want to be away.

• Economic realities pressure many parents to believe that day care and preschool are good for children,

• Teachers, other professionals, day care centers, preschools, and many others have a vested interest in saying repeatedly that day care and preschool experiences are good for children.

• Day care and preschool can have serious, long-term effects. Here is the conclusion of one study of universal child care: “Finally, we uncover striking evidence that children [who were cared for at young ages through state supported childcare] are worse off in a variety of behavioral and health dimensions, ranging from aggression to motor-social skills to illness. Our analysis also suggests that the new childcare program led to more hostile, less consistent parenting, worse parental health, and lower-quality parental relationships.” Michael Baker, Jonathan Gruber, and Kevin Milligan. “Universal childcare, maternal labor supply, and family well-being" NBER Working Paper No. 11832, 2005. http://www.nber.org/papers/w11832

• For more information, see Why Children Are Not For Screening, Why Professionals and Politicians Are Wrong About Preschool and What We Can Do About It, Increased Mental Health Screening? Are You Crazy!?!, Let's Not Institutionalize 3, 4, and 5 Year Olds, Testimony on Five-Year Old Kindergarten, and WPA resolution #49. Importance of Parents to Children's Development and Learning and a Family's Well Being.

Assembly Passes 5-Year-Old Kindergarten Legislation

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09/15/2009

Assembly to Vote on 5-Year-Old Kindergarten Legislation

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04/02/2009

Testimony on Five-Year-Old Kindergarten

A summary of problems caused by increased early childhood education and links to articles that support the importance of parents and document the harm done by early childhood education.

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06/01/2008

Why Professionals and Politicians Are Wrong About Preschool and What We Can Do About It

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11/01/2007

Let's Not Institutionalize 3, 4, and 5 Year Olds

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02/01/2006

Why Children Are Not for Screening

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