I would be irritated if my child was plopped in front of a TV every morning at school too though. 'specially if he was in a half day kindergarten class. Why can't the teacher fill less than 3 hours of time with constructive activity?
I can tell you a few things that will/could happen if you go to the principal w/o consulting your teacher. 1st principals will say anything to make a parent happy. Sometimes they will make educational changes w/o even informing the teacher of those changes. This situation has not only happened to me several times w/ 2 different principals but to other teacher friends as well. 2nd the principal isn't in that room everyday! He/she will have no clue (okay little clue) of the situation at hand. Also, he/she can't convey your disdan of the teacher's instruction as well as you can. It always comes better from the parent, honestly! 3rd you will in some hurt any relationship you have w/ that teacher. I'm not saying all teachers do this but in a way it does make you feel like you're not important if one thing goes wrong and the first thing a parent does is go to the principal. You want an open communitcation b/w you and the teacher. You don't want anything for any reason destorying it. Relay to her your up most feelings for not watching tv. Bring in studies or information--don't criticize. Work w/ the teacher, as her why she does this. Give her a week to make changes. I know that sounds long, but give her time to adjust to a new plan and routine. I say if nothing comes of your concerned efforts after one more talk, then go to the principal.
One last thing---document exactly what you say and what she says. Teachers do this all the time to keep accurate records of conversations w/ parents, you should do the same.
I would first talk to the teacher and then if nothing improved go to the principle. i would let her know you plan to do this. Somehow I think talking to the teacher isn't going to help much but that is definitely where you should start.
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Is it half day? We're all full day Kinders here now. Is it the full half hour show? During class time? Could it poss. be that they're watchign it during indoor recess as one of many activities? Maybe just 5 mins./day as some kind of reward?
Weird. I show a half hour Discovery Channel video every 2 months after they earn a "popcorn party" based on good behavior. This is a HUGE reward for them.
I find it really hard to believe they really watch a whole show every day. If that's the truth, though, you should be concerned. BUT, then again, MANY folks believe that the sole focus of Kinder. is social and that we're doing a disservice to these kids by intro. academics. Maybe she just leans to the side that kinder. is just a place to playplayplay. Please let us know what you hear
T My class of kinders are writing sentences independently and can easily add/subtract up to 10. And, they still have tons of fun in class.
The other day she told us we're going to have to find another school for her because she will NOT go back to that elem. next year. (She's quite outspoken, too.) We're trying to get her into a private school.
I've talked to her teacher before and he seems really burned out. (But I haven't talked to him about this issue yet.) I'm not sure I can be nice enough. I might have to let dh do the talking.
I am so shocked by all of this tv in school! Is this normal for many public schools? My dd is in a private -all play kindergarten right now, but I can't afford it after this year and am afraid for the future.
I would definitely talk to the teacher about this. If you don't get satisfaction then go to the principal. Half day kindergarten barely gets them time to do anything significant in the first place, once you deduct snack time, putting on/taking off coats, etc. They certainly should have plenty of educational activities to take up the paltry two and a half hours they are there without resorting to time-wasting (and mind numbing) videos. My dd never watches videos at school unless they are educational and correspond to the unit they are doing, and even then it is very rare.
|I am so shocked by all of this tv in school! Is this normal for many public schools?|
But when I described this to my peers in college, many of them found it shocking and weird. They hadn't seen nearly so many films or videos in their schools--and many of them went to schools that in other ways wouldn't be considered any better than mine. So it definitely varies.
I'm less attuned to what goes on in schools now, but when my Girl Scouts talk about school they rarely mention videos.
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That aside, I can't believe that kindergarteners are being shown a tv program every day in school! Well, actually I CAN beleive it - I worked in a school once that showed movies every day after lunchtime during the bad-weather months...Jurassic Park was one that my third-graders once saw. Unless a particular program is being shown for educational purposes (I would often borrow videos from the library to enhance a unit I was teaching, but I probably did this less than ten times the entire year), tv does not belong in the regular classroom schedule. Even if they were watching a quality show, it's still inappropriate! Kids in school need to DO, not WATCH.