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Get Ready, Get Set, Vote

Posted: 2008-09-16

Skills associated with success in kindergarten speak to corporate politicos. Or should. Skills listed here are from the San Francisco Chronicle, September 16, 2008.

In "Get ready, get set, start kindergarten,"
a San Francisco Chronicle reporter quoted
educators bemoaning the fact that half of San
Francisco kindergartners aren't ready for the
rigors of school. Rigor is their word,
definitely not mine.



I looked at the list of "24 skills associated
with success in the first year of school" and had
a shock of insight about the political mess we're
in. Although I have doubts about number 5, I
think most of our corporate politicos could do ok
on the necessary academic skills.



Academics



Recognizes letters



Recognizes shapes



Recognizes colors



Counts 10 objects



Engages with books



Writes own first name



Can recognize rhyming words


But consider the skills lumped under Self-
regulation
and Social expression.

Self-regulation



Comforts self



Pays attention



Controls impulses



Follows directions



Negotiates solutions



Participates in circle time



Handles frustration well





Social expression



Expresses empathy



Relates well to adults



Has expressive abilities



Is curious and eager to learn



Expresses needs and wants



Engages in symbolic play



Self-care and motor skills



Uses small manipulatives (teaching objects)



Has general coordination



Performs basic self-help/self-care tasks



Source: School Readiness Assessment 2007, San

Francisco Unified School

There's a lot to be said for paying attention,
controlling impulses, and expressing empathy. It
brings to mind the precepts of that old chestnut,
Robert Fulgham's All I Really Need to Know I
Learned in Kindergarten.




Dear Corporate Politico:



  • Share everything


  • Don't hit people


  • Put things back where you found them


  • Clean up your own mess.


  • DonĂ¢€™t take things that arenĂ¢€™t yours.


  • Wash your hands before you eat.


  • Take a nap every afternoon.


  • Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody,

    including children and schoolteachers.


  • Flush NCLB.
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