To the Editor:
Referring to the 10,212 pre-kindergarten slots made available to 40 Connecticut schools, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said, “We know that increasing high quality, early education is the single most important investment we can make in our state and our economy.”
Before I started school in the 1930s, there was no pre-kindergarten or kindergarten. School began at first grade, proceeded to eighth grade and then four years of high school.
College was unheard of except for students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, engineering or law.
Perhaps we, and our entire educational system, should pause and question whether dropping off our youngest is really beneficial, or is it harmful to them?
Separating our young from their mother, father and home, deprives them of precious childhood freedom, the important time of self-discovery, and the precious time of developing individuality. It eliminates the exciting childhood adventure of the young learning, playing and amusing themselves.
Mother waves good-bye. Her youngest climbs aboard the huge yellow school bus.
The child must adjust to institutionalized education and learn to compete in endless classrooms. To be tested, examined, graded. To pass or fail. To follow instructions. To submerge personality and individuality in tons of rote information useful in TV quiz shows.
Parents can be assured their children will not be required to learn anything about morality, ethics, good and evil. They will spend years being taught the endless history of wars, the immorality of Greek and Roman gods and emperors.
They will learn about the mass slaughter of Alexander, Caesar and Napoleon; the national wars of France against England, Germany against Europe, and the Spanish wars; and the slaughter of the Conquistadors of Europe against the natives in the New World.
But we must not even mention the word “religion.” God does not exist in schools. There will be no stories of a man called Jesus, Mohammad or Buddha.
If you want your child to hear about peace on earth, or anything about loving your neighbor, caring for others as you would want them to care for you, feeding the hungry and caring for the poor, then you better skip pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.
Instead of putting them on the big yellow bus, take them in your arms, love them, teach them the real meaning of honesty, integrity, and just being a good, kind, loving person. We need so much more of that.
Dick De Witt