I ran into a friend of mine who teaches kindergarten and she told me, horrified, of what the "No Child Left Behind" thing has done to her school district. Apprently now all the kindergarteners have to be able to write a complete sentence (including caps and punctuation) before they can move onto the 1st grade. Also, they have to pass a test in each subject (since when did K. have subjects???????)-Reading Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies to be promoted. This coming school year, some of the pre-reading requirements (knowing letters, letter sounds, etc) are being covered in the pre-schools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This teacher's biggest problem is "getting kids to sit still for 3 hours of indtruction per day when they just aren't ready yet".
Now, thankfully, this is not our school district. And we will be homeschooling for grade school. But we were considering pre-school for the group play experience. But if we can't find a free play environment, forget it. Didn't Bush ever read the NYAEC guidelines?????
Sorry for the rant. I'm seeing the last vestiges of childhood lost to this beurocratic crap.