Letter: As for full-day K, let children be children as long as they can

To the Editor:

I totally disagree with the recent Commentary by Michele B. Bialek, advocating for full-day kindergarten in Shelton.

Please let children be children as long as they can. They need the nurturing of a mother or parent at 4 and 5 years of age, not the rigors of a nanny state caring for your child.

Let children develop their bodies and curiosities of the world without being put in closed environments for a full day.

They need fresh air and a chance to explore the world around them by themselves for a while. There is plenty of time for a school environment.


Benefits can be minimal at their age

Studies have shown that at their age, the benefit of pre-school is minimal. A child who hasn’t gone to pre-school quickly adjusts to the school setting over one who has.

Have you ever gone to a Little League baseball or basketball game? Most of the children are picking daisies in the outfield or playing with a friend on the sideline, not aware of what is going on in the game.

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Read Michele B. Bialek’s Commentary by clicking below:


Are we burning these young minds out before they even have had a chance to develop? I do not feel longer and more days of schooling is the answer to education.

Let’s put back more physical fitness and free time into their young lives. I believe they will be able to concentrate and learn more by doing this.


There is a cost to taxpayers

In addition, would Michele Bialek have the same feeling about full-day kindergarten if she herself had to pay for the cost for the service? Federal grants run out.

Plus, where do you think the money comes from that the federal government pays out to the states? It is you and I paying for it in our tax dollars.

Therefore, I say leave the current kindergarten day as is. Let our children have a little free time in their lives before we expose them to the rigors of the world.


Richard Rizzi





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  • Tim

    I totally disagree with this view. What these children are getting is a quality education by attending a full-day kindergarten. Research has shown a decline in “extra help” — which now costs taxpayers money for these services — by moving to a full-day kindergarten. Every town in Fairfield County has moved to this and Shelton has not.

    Look at a student who had trouble in the first couple of grades, you can almost guarantee that pattern will continue throughout their education. The earlier we can teach them the fundamentals and have them exceed in school the better off they will be.

    Attending a couple of hours during the day, as is the case now, gives the teachers no time to teach them.

    The worst thing in the world is to have to look at your child and say, “Sorry, Johnny, you can’t keep up with your school work and are going to have to stay back a grade while your friends move on.” Or, “While your friends are playing sports after school, you have to be tutored.”

    Talk about devastating a child’s confidence. We as society need to do everything we can.

    If you don’t agree with moving your child to a full-day kindergarten because you want to hold on to them, then you don’t have to enroll them, but don’t hamper the other children who will thrive in the environment. Children thrive on structure; without that, they are lost.

    The proposal was streamlined to lower costs. Check out other town’s proposals — I guarantee they were three to four times higher than what is being asked in Shelton. We spend $1.5 million on a dog pound but balk at the cost of educating our children. Something isn’t right there.

    As a parent, we want our children to be successful. Every parent’s dream is for their children to have a better life than they had, because everything we do is not for us, it’s for the next generation — just what our parents wanted for us.

    Tim (Father)

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