This is no surprise, however. Remember that the goal of Common Core, testing, and education reforms is to create a ‘standardized’ workforce. The less time that children spend with their parents, and the more time they spend at school, then the more easily a ‘standardized-child' can be manufactured. The Ken-Ton Superintendent has long been a strong supporter of Common Core and education reforms, so it is no surprise to see an increase in the length of the school day for the district’s youngest children. Other school districts are also mandating longer school days as they aim to implement the indoctrinating schemes of Common Core.
The district will likely attempt to play this off as a 'bus issue' or some other distractor. But do not be fooled. During the Superintendent's recent 'listening tour' to elementary schools, one of the greatest concerns from teachers is that there are too many age-inappropriate Common Core programs being forced into the already packed school day. Well, look what district has decided to do. Rather than reduce the programming to levels appropriate for young children, the district is increasing the school day. No surprise. And it will only get worse if we don't stand up.
But there is a solution. The solution is to FIGHT BACK! We don’t have to accept these impositions. Send emails to the school board and district administrators, speak at board meetings, notify the media regularly, write blog posts, post on social media, pass out flyers to other parents, organize a petition, rally parents, plan a meeting, write press releases, remove your children from school early each day, opt-out of state tests, opt-out of STAR testing and SLO’s, organize a protest in front of the administration building. I have done all of these things in many school districts, and it has made a great impact across the entire state. Consider doing just a couple of these things and it will make a difference for our community.
If we don’t act now, we can expect to see the school day continue to increase more and more each year. Start by OPTING-OUT of STAR testing, SLO's, and NYS tests.