CCSS: “I don’t hear “I love school” and “School is fun!” anymore.” ~ Laura, A Wisconsin Kindergarten Teacher

Kindergarten TestingDear Bill and Melinda,

I’m a Wisconsin Kindergarten teacher and have been teaching with the CCSS for three years now.

I have found that the amount of time that I have for enrichment activities is nearly zero. No art, music, physical activities, experiments, and play. It’s a lot of stress for everyone involved and kindergarten should be fun.

Our day was a lot of work, work, work and by the end of the day everyone is tired. I don’t hear “I love school” and “School is fun!” anymore. I think Kindergarten should be more social interactions and hands-on learning through experimentation.

Teachers Letters to Bill Gates - Laura, Wisconsin Kindergarten Teacher

My Kindergarten students are already being assessed to death with MAPS 3 times per year and PALS twice a year. In between those assessments we are working at the skills to improve those scores. The kids are not being instilled with a love of learning. It’s just skill and drill. I’m tired of it and so are the kids.


A Kindergarten Teacher in Wisconsin


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2 Responses to CCSS: “I don’t hear “I love school” and “School is fun!” anymore.” ~ Laura, A Wisconsin Kindergarten Teacher

  1. Jeff Nguyen says:

    Thank you.

  2. Now, imagine these kids grown up and out in the workforce. Do you think they will have creative thoughts to provide? Do you think they will have acquired skills for life from all these standardized tests which they are already required to do at so young an age? I fear for America’s future!

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