Danville students head back to school, transitional kindergarten offered for second time Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Aug 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm
As San Ramon Valley students gear up for another school year, which begins on Aug. 28 for SRVUSD, Tuesday will also mark the first time in more than a century that a new grade level -- transitional kindergarten -- is being offered in most districts across the state.
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Posted by Mom of GV 1st grader, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Aug 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm
This is great! I hope parents will stop pushing their not-quite-ready 4/5-yr olds, who take away valuable class time with their behavior. May we dream that perhaps the 5-yr olds who are being wrongfully held back by their parents for sports purposes *eye roll* will be required to attend this pre-K and then moved forward into regular kindergarten if they're ready?
Posted by Catherine, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Aug 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm
What a ridiculous program with the fact that elementary, middle and high schools actually need this money for real teaching. Whatever happened to parents needing to pay for pre-K type programs if they want their kid in school prior to normal Kindergarten? Enough with the special interests. I kept my kids in and PAID FOR preschool until they were ready for Kindergarten. It is time for parents to take responsibility for those they bring into the world!!!!!
Posted by Douglas, a resident of the Blackhawk neighborhood, on Aug 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm
Dave, you are an idiot. Why don't we keeping spreading the education funds thinner and thinner so MV freshman can't get a biology class because they don't have enough sections while 4 year olds finger paint on the taxpayer's dime. Give me a break!!!!
Posted by Diane, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Aug 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm
I'm not sure where I stand on this issue, but I wanted to point out to "mom" that my son was 4 (turned 5 at the beginning of November) when he started kindergarten and he did fine from the beginning. He did have to deal with some bullying from bigger kids when he got older, but he was never a problem regarding his developmental or cognitive capabilities for any teacher. I'm sure there are some kids who might not fit in academically when they are not yet 5, however.
I wonder if kids learn about things like expressing opposing viewpoints in a constructive way rather than resorting to name calling in transitional kindergarten. If so, Douglas, perhaps you would like to enroll?
Posted by Louise, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Aug 28, 2012 at 9:14 am
It won't be much longer that the taxpayer will be paying for daycare for infants and toddlers. When will parents start taking responsibility for their decision to bring a new life into the world? They already get a tax credit. Teachers and liberals want more "free" education at earlier ages. Just keep raising taxes on the 50% who foot the bill and we will go deeper into debt. Looks like most don't realize that California is bankrupt.
Posted by Mom of GV 1st grader, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Aug 28, 2012 at 10:21 am
Diane, you are one of the responsible ones who put a ready child into school, which is great. My son is also a November kid and was very shy, so his preschool teacher felt he would do better if we waited, so we did. I'm talking about the families who have several kids they don't want to deal with (another problem!) and flat-out say "Oh, I know he'll have to repeat" but send them anyway.
Posted by Dave, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Sep 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm
Douglas apparently has a problem playing well with others. Maybe he missed that lesson in kindergarten.
In any event, all studies show that children who get an educational head start in pre-school (including transitional kindergarten) perform better throughout their educations. Who wouldn't want that for their kids. When students succeed in school, they go on to higher paying job, are more productive members of society, and (for the fiscal penny-pinchers out there) they earn more and pay more taxes. Sounds like a good investment to me.