Don’t Turn Kindergarteners Into Test-Taking Minions

WFTV 9 in central Florida reports that Florida plans to implement means-testing of Kindergarteners.

Yes you read that right.

An excerpt:

Channel 9’s Lori Brown found out that the state is requiring districts to develop tests for every subject taught in kindergarten.

The state law requires Orange County to develop 15 different tests for kindergarteners.

The subjects 5-year-olds will be tested on will range from physical education to art.

Most kindergarteners will be required to take seven of the tests.

“Turning a child into a test taking minion at the age of 6 or 7 is not good for a child,” said parent Kathleen Oropeza.

That is absolutely horrifying.  State Legislators who think that is a good idea should first have their head examined, and then drummed out of office when they are up for reelection.

On a similar note, there are schools in Iowa, starting this school year will start teaching kindergarteners how to code.  I kid you not.

All of this on top of standards that are developmentally inappropriate.

This is not the Kindergarten of my childhood, and it is no wonder that child psychologists, child development experts and social workers have shown concern about the developmental appropriateness of the standards.  They are causing stress as New York teachers have seen.   It will happen in your state ass well.