Letter to the editor: Closer look needed

Posted 2/19/19

Closer look needed Concerning the issue of funding full-day kindergarten, Heather Roberts in her letter makes a case for it with some broad assertions that are not universally accepted as her letter …

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Letter to the editor: Closer look needed

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Closer look needed

Concerning the issue of funding full-day kindergarten, Heather Roberts in her letter makes a case for it with some broad assertions that are not universally accepted as her letter implies.  And before, we as taxpayers, are once again compelled to fund yet another state subsidized entitlement, there should be exposure to both sides of the issue.

Yes, there are studies that show the positive effects of full-day kindergarten as she states.  However, a quick google search on the topic will also find studies that cite the effects, while present early on, disappear relatively quickly (2010 study by Cooper, Harris, Ashley, Patall, Erick and L. Dent, Amy).  They summarized a positive association with academic achievement... but the association disappeared by the third grade.  They did suggest full-day kindergarten, but also did not necessarily universally prescribe it.  Also a 2007 study by Carnes/Albrect also suggested increased academic achievement and attendance, but results were inconsistent with respect to long-term success.  They also cited that students may not have a positive attitude toward attendance at full-day kindergarten versus half day and that behavior problems may present.

Limited financial resources for education should be put to the best possible use.  Too often, decisions have been made on the basis of, “...it’s for the children...”so it must be good, without taking a careful look at both sides.

Greg Nierling

Centennial

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