how sadThe tweet above is terribly sad and criminal.  Even preschoolers (ages 3-4) are assessed on their math and language arts capabilities.  Gone are the days of learning at your own pace at 3 years old.  Kindergarten Kiosk is just one of many companies providing material to ensure that teachers are teaching such subjects as science, math, literature, music to fulfill the CCSS.

This shouldn’t be of any surprise to those following ed reform.  Students are no longer viewed as individuals with different learning styles and abilities, they are now human capital groomed to provide labor for the workforce.  Remember, these standards are being foisted on 3 year old children.  (That’s one of the best reasons to keep your children out of public school or schools using CCSS).  What is the reason for these standards?  It’s to create executive function skills.  From an earlier MEW post Common Core to Teach Preschoolers/Kindergartners “Executive Function Skills”:



Register for a Common Core seminar to learn how your preschooler or kindergartener can learn to self-regulate and learn “executive function skills”.   It’s apparent that three to five year old children must learn to become globally competitive and understand their importance to the government and prove themselves to be a good Return on Investment (ROI).

The seminar is sponsored by McREL, an organization that designs products for maximizing student performance:

Based in Denver, Colorado, McREL was incorporated in 1966 as Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory, a nonprofit organization created to help educators in the nation’s heartland bridge the gap between research and practice. Now known as Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning, McREL’s research and development work provides teachers and administrators with valuable information about proven, effective approaches to the challenges in education today. By building on research to solve specific problems, McREL develops widely acclaimed pre-K-16 educational products that are used in classrooms nationally and internationally to help educators maximize student learning.

The letter on the webinar follows:

I wanted to let you know that we’re hosting two free webinars in April that you and others in your district may be interested in. If so, please feel free to distribute the information to any whom you feel might find it useful. Even if they can’t attend at the scheduled time, if they register they will have access to audio recording to listen to whenever.

  • Preparing Preschool Children for the Common Core

Tuesday, April 16, 1 p.m. MST:  Preparing Preschool Children for the Common Core Using Developmentally Appropriate Strategies

With the implementation of the Common Core, many early childhood educators report feeling pressured to prepare pre-school children for more academically challenging kindergarten classrooms, while at the same time staying true to teaching methods appropriate for young children. Fortunately, teaching academic skills and using developmentally appropriate practices does not have to be an “either-or” decision.

In this free one-hour webinar for early childhood educators, discover strategies that can be used in pre-school settings to help young children prepare for future academic standards. Learn how to foster self-regulation and executive function skills and discover ways to promote authentic learning with developmentally appropriate and intentional instructional activities and play.

  • Keeping Kindergarten Playful: Preparing Kindergarteners for the Common Core

Wednesday, April 17, 1 p.m. MST: Preparing Kindergarteners for the Common Core Using Developmentally Appropriate Strategies

In this free one-hour webinar for kindergarten educators, discover strategies that can be used to help children prepare for academics and Common Core standards. Learn how to foster self-regulation and executive function skills, and discover ways to promote authentic learning in both intentional instructional activities and playtime.


Carrie Germeroth, Ph.D.

Principal Researcher
Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL)
4601 DTC Boulevard, Suite 500
Denver, CO 80237-2596
P: 303.632.5578

F: 303.337.3005



The previous article details what kindergarten goals were in 1957 which included student created poetry:

Look at the poetry created by these two 5 year old children in 1957.  Do the Common Core standards make you sad for preschoolers and kindergartners in 2013?  Reread I’m just no good at kindergarten, just no good at all and tell me again why high stakes testing is appropriate for children and why they need to develop “executive function skills” in preschool and kindergarten.  What do you think the goal was for the kindergarten teacher in 1957?

I’m beyond sad for young children today.  I see these educational reforms to groom children as human capital for the state, Chambers of Commerce and NGOs as criminal.  When children as young as 3 years old are assessed as to their reading readiness and data tracked as to their predicted use to the state and NGOs, rather than letting them learn for the love of learning, that is using children as human capital.

The post has been updated to correct some grammatical issues. Special thanks go out to a reader who alerted us to this problem.  We would love to employ a proofreader so that these issues won’t happen, but when we are multi-tasking, some errors occur from time to time. We regret these errors caused this reader so much consternation (so much so that she quit reading) and we hope she has no small grandchildren who will be subjected to these assessments.  We hope she can read this information elsewhere delivered in a manner she finds agreeable.  She should get used to grammatical errors as we understand they are embedded in SBAC assessments.


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