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Get Ready, Get Set, Vote

Publication Date: 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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