Although the “Period Poverty” movement started in New York City, the number of schools now offering or about to offer free menstrual products in schools continues to grow. Among those applauding: American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, numerous female celebs, including Beyoncé, and Thinx, the Canadian company “For People with Periods.” Not everyone is high-fiving, however, as this unfunded mandate is likely to be costly to taxpayers.
Meanwhile, five years after imposing the Common Core Standards in New York high schools, there was “a sudden spike” in the failure rate” on the 2017-18 algebra Regents exam, amounting to a 25% to 30% increase. On the English/Language Arts exam, the number of failures jumped by more than 12,000 for an increased failure rate of between 16% and 21%.
At the same time, the push for academics at the expense of play in kindergarten nation-wide continues to gain traction. Remember, however, that, back in 2016, The Washington Post warned that “Today’s kindergartners are expected to be able to do things by the time they leave kindergarten that some, perhaps even many, are not developmentally prepared to do.”
And countless parents, teachers, and early childhood experts agreed.
Enter the recent study, “Advanced Content Coverage at Kindergarten: Are There Trade-Offs Between Academic Achievement and Social-Emotional Skills?” Accordingly, the results bolster the stance of those who believe that challenging academic content is not necessarily incompatible with children’s healthy development. Moreover, the study also suggests that kids in academic-heavy kindergartens “don’t do worse—and in some cases do better in social-emotional metrics like self-control, focus, and behavior.”
Are you convinced?
By the way, a recent EdPulse survey found that 80% of respondents oppose homework for kindergartners.
With my many thanks, Carol