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[Susan notes: The trouble is Steve isn't exaggerating. It would be impossible to exaggerate what's going on in Mobile kindergartens.

And it isn't just Mobile:

Ruth Kaminski, Ph.D.: Current Position: Research Associate, Pacific Institutes for Research, and Adjunct faculty, School Psychology Program, University of Oregon

Brief Summary of Experience: Co-Author of DIBELS; extensive experience conducting research and training on DIBELS measures; Co-Director of Project STAR, a federally-funded program of research investigating comprehensive and integrated interventions for preschool children at risk for social/behavioral and academic problems; Co-author of the STAR Preschool Curriculum.]

Published in Mobile Press-Register
11/13/2006

To the editor

In Mobile County, “Schools now require letter grades for kindergarten students,” Nov 12). One of the reasons given is that we must prepare students for first grade. If this reasoning is correct, we should grade preschoolers to prepare them for kindergarten, and grade toddlers to prepare them for preschool. I leave it to the reader to follow this line of reasoning further.

Make sure you use complete sentences and descriptive
words, as is required of Dickson Elementary
kindergarteners to get an “A” in show and tell.

Stephen Krashen


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