Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Springsteen tickets?...no, wait it's for Kindergarten

What does it say about our education system when parents have to camp out to score a coveted spot for their child in KINDERGARTEN? Apparently only 36 spots were available at this Brooklyn elementary school and after that the little ones would be shipped off to another school.

I have so many issues with this that I don't know where to start. So in no particular order:

  • Who did the district planning and didn't realize there would be more than 36 kindergartner?
  • And if they did, why not hire another teacher?
  • Who thinks that 36 five year olds is a good class size? Is this what class size is like in Brooklyn?
  • Wouldn't the cost of the busing (and insurance) of however many more kindergartners there are offset the cost of another teacher?

I also went digging around to find out more about this and when I did a search for "parents camp out for kindergarten" I was appalled to find other instances of it here and here. GEEZ. What is this country coming to when parents have to go to these measures to get their child into freakin' Kindergarten??

I truly feel for these parents. I don't know what I would do in their place....no, I take that back. Sadly, I'd be exactly where they were.... with my blanket and a chair and hot cup of coffee.