Plan would let kids hit ground running

Plan would let kids hit ground running

There are 10 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Feb 24, 2008, titled Plan would let kids hit ground running. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

A Keiki First proposal would provide preschool for more of Hawaii's 4-year-olds STORY SUMMARY When Samantha Miguel moved to Hawaii from her home in the Dominican Republic, she enrolled her first child, David, ...

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Winter Park, FL

#1 Feb 24, 2008
My two school aged children both entered kindergarten with no prior school experience, but my daughter, now a 1st-grader is reading at a third-grade level and my son, in kindergarten, is so clever is makes my head spin. It's called parenting. Babies don't necessarily need to go to school, they need to be taught and nurtured by their parents. There's something wrong when a child, by 5 years old, doesn't know much of anything. Pre-school is being used more and more as an excuse for parents to put the "burden" of raising their children onto others and it's becoming the norm to send children off earlier and earlier.


#2 Feb 24, 2008
Stacy is correct in many of her arguments. As a secondary teacher I feel that the learning and responsibility does start in the home. My only question is, is Stacy a working mom or a stay-at-home mom? Although that shouldn't be an excuse I feel that this does affect the time spent with the child and being able to teach them the essentials for "some" families. Parents should be reinforcing the lessons learned in the classroom but I've found that too many parents depend too much on the schools and don't take personal responsibility for their children. My wife, who teaches 1st grade has 17 students. Of those 17 students, only 2 or 3 of them will do their homework that she assigns. That is parental responsibility to follow up on your child's assignments at home and unfortunately this lack of effort carries over to middle and high school levels and thus the drop in education that we have in society today. Great point Stacy, I wish that we had more parents like you in the school systems today.

Keaau, HI

#3 Feb 24, 2008
James is correct. After all, home-schooled kids generally do better than kids who go to school. But how many parents have the wherewithal to educate their children at home?

Similarly, with pre-school children. While some will keep their children at home like Stacy, the majority of parents drop off their kids at grandma's house, daycare, a baby sitter, etc.

By offering high quality pre-school, it enables children to be better prepared to enter school.

And keep in mind, it's voluntary. Like kindergarten in Hawaii, parents can choose to put their kids in school or not. It's up to them.

Over 95% of parents in Hawaii choose to place their child in kindergarten.
Richard Swann

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Feb 24, 2008
Most parents will not take the time to teach their children at the young age before Kindergarden. That is a fact , kids get parked in front of the TV instead of playing with other kids or interacting with adults who give a damn about them . I'm approaching social security age and feel that young kids are getting shortchanged on life . Less war and smarter kids ! Swannie

Kaneohe, HI

#5 Feb 24, 2008
As a member of the task force that developed the proposed plan, I can assure you that the plan as Charles said, is voluntary, and there is a lot of family support built in. High quality early childhood programs recognize that the family is the primary influence in a young child's life, and as early childhood educators, we work with the child and family, emphasizing the many ways families are their child's teacher and how families and programs can work together. The proposed plan includes three settings: center-based, family child care, and family-child interaction learning programs. The last is a unique to Hawai'i component that involves an adult coming with the child to a program several times a week. All high quality programs include a strong family involvement component. We are there to support, not supplant families. And as Richard mentions, the quality of the teacher is also crucial to high quality, and we need more qualified teachers and need to provide them with the salary commensurate with their qualifications and experience, so that they can afford to do what they love! The proposed plan is truly an investment in our future. Please support Keiki First.

Canberra, Australia

#6 Feb 24, 2008
I agree with Stacy, the real answer is good parenting. My wife graduated from Manoa in ’99 with a degree in education and “sacrificed” her career as an educator to raise our two boys (our oldest is now in the 2nd grade and attends public school here in Australia.) For her (I dare say us) the responsibility of raising and nurturing our kids to become good citizens and productive members of society was, is and always will be ours...keiki first, you bet!
System Overload

San Diego, CA

#7 Feb 24, 2008
I am in agreement with Stacy. I also feel that with the DOE budget so tight...why are they considering expanding and including pre-school?? The education system has enough to worry about...Responsiblity needs to fall on parents, and the community to financially provide support and programs for pre-schoolers. Let's not burden tax payers with another layer of education responsibility. Parents time to become Responsible! No time due to work is inexcusable!Don't have keikis if you can't raise them!

San Diego, CA

#8 Feb 24, 2008
", family child care, and family-child interaction learning programs...last is unique to Hawai'i component that involves an adult coming with the child to a program several times a week..."

I think this is a serious misconception! What makes you think parents who don't take time to teach their children basic citizenship will attend classes or participate in the childs learning? If they do, it isn't lasting.
System Overload

San Diego, CA

#9 Feb 25, 2008
Elaine, with the teacher shortage, and lack of qualified teachers, why is the DOE contemplating a pre-school program? Shouldn't we have qualified teachers available before beginning a program like this?

I am in total agreement with your statement about the investment of our future, however, what is baffling is the statement that says, "...The last is a unique to Hawai'i component that involves an adult coming with the child to a program several times a week." Why is it that the parent is not responsible for attending or the primary (I wish I could under line primary) caretaker of the child be in attendance? Part of the problem is who ever is the child's care taker must/should be responsible to actively participate.
Richard Swann

Ashburn, VA

#10 Feb 27, 2008
In an ideal utopia , all parents would be perfect . We know that it is a fact that some parents are not able to fulfill the needs of a child , especially with many children . The kid is going to grow up into an adult. What kind of a world do you wish to inhabit ? Smart , caring adults who are civilized ,or the TV brainwashed ?

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