Inspired by my young son's own experience in junior kindergarten and the story of a dedicated teacher in his school district, I would like to join forces with peers to start a SAVE KINDERGARTEN movement. All credit to the name of the movement goes to Natalie, one of our awesome class storytellers.
I mentioned to Natalie that when I retire, I would like to start my own neighborhood kindergarten and junior kindergarten school to provide a bridge to the public school system, where kindergarten classes are increasingly more like first and second and third grades. Natalie wondered if it makes more sense to start a movement to restore true kindergartens to all public schools across the country. I'm interested in both starting a school (15 years from now!)--and joining Natalie's movement. What would the movement look like? How can we get started?
Here's the poignant article that nicely encapsulates what's happened to kindergarten in many classrooms across the country: