Originally Posted by limette
the most recent report i read (and can't find the link to) about the full time jk by 2010 in ontario said it's not mandatory.
it's optional. you can choose to put them in full time or part time or wait until age 6 (grade 1) to enroll them or don't enroll them at all and homeschool.
i think it's the government's way of dealing with the daycare issue.
Yes, Limette, You are right that is isn't mandatory. However, most people know little about the law and have no idea that a child does not have to attend school until they are six years old.
Also, I agree that it is the governments way of dealing with daycare issues.
The simple fact is that the parents on this board are in the minority. These are parents who ask questions, research, are cynical etc. Unfortunately 90% of the population is not like this. They simply do what they are "told" to do or lead to believe is in the best interest of their child. Besides, most people whose children are in daycare are in love with the new FT program for 3/4 year olds as it saves them a whole year of daycare costs. Costs, I might add that are now being passed on to me as a taxpayer. So now, instead of paying for daycare for just the people on subsidy I will now pay it for each and every child who is 3/4 yrs old and attending FT school.
My worries are that the government will start slewing propaganda about the 'merits and benefits' of FT school for 3 and 4 year olds and is always the case, parents will jump on the band wagon without so much as taking five minutes to research the consequences themselves.
I don't see this as a good thing at all. But, I do see it as a given that it will come to fruition. Too many parents just follow along with the societal norm without ever giving a second thought as to why and what they are doing. If every child goes to school at 3/4 years old for the whole school day then you can bet your last dollar that in a few years no one will even question it at all. It will just be 'normal'.
Gosh, why don't we just deliver our kids and hand them right over to the state? Might as well.....if we continue on the course of 'academic one-up-man-ship' that we are on I have no doubt our children will suffer in the end.