I just returned from a Hawaiian vacation. For the flight home, I bought the latest People Magazine, you know, with Britney, Kevin and Sean Preston on the cover?? I was flipping through the magazine and came across an article that angered, irritated and saddened me.
The article read: "Bounced from Preschool, Nursery school delinquents? Some tots are getting the heave-ho for unruly behavior". The article indicated that a 2005 Yale University study of state-financed classrooms estimated that more than 5,000 U.S. preschoolers are expelled each year - a rate three times higher than in elementary schools.
It reads, "Schools say they are prompted to take such action when a student's behavior - such as hitting, biting or throwing things - interferes with the smooth running of the class. The trend troubles some experts, however, who say too many schools are shirking their responsibility by tossing out, rather than dealing with, tots who act up or lag behind. "We are creating a group of children who are very likely to come to kindergarten with serious problems," says Dr. Jack Shonkoff, dean of Brandeis University's School for Social Policy and Management."
Now, I understand that there is a shortage of teachers and that they are grossly underpaid, but this "intolerance" can only lead to children, that need that extra bit of attention, being left behind.