Superintendent Vitti thinks kindergartners should go to summer school.

There is a war going on. On one side you have teachers,
education experts and parents who are saying our kids need to play and that nonstop
academics and testing can be harmful. On the other side you have politicians
who say we must constantly drill and asses to see where kids are.

Superintendent Viti says kids from our most vulnerable
families and schools should go to summer school and I have to say I have long
advocated for more summer school. The sad truth is a lot of our kids need more
time to learn stuff and less time in between school years so they don’t lose
what they did.
School has become drudgery for kids and that has crept both
into the younger grades and into the neighborhoods where the kids can least
afford to hate school.
I believe we must make school fun again and that more than continuously
assessing and drilling will have more success. Think about it, when do you do a
better job, when you are doing something you enjoy to do or when you are forced
and hate your task. It’s always the former.
Kinds in the elementary grades should have a rounded
curriculum which includes both play and the arts and that should be daily, not
when a class comes up into a school rotation or as a Friday afternoon treat. BUT
Then in the later grades, kids should have electives of
their choice preferably more than one, classes they enjoy and can look forward
I have no problem with kindergartners going to summer school
if it is done right with lots of play and art activities sandwiched around
learning blocks, unfortunately I don’t believe that is what the super has in

We can’t continue to make school such drudgery for kids and
then scratch our heads when they do poorly or fail.

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