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[Susan notes: The author makes a very good point. As one Chicago kindergartner recently observed, "There's no cuddle time in kindergarten." Too often, all-day kindergarten just means more skill drill.]

Published in Indianapolis Star

To the editor

All-day kindergarten won't produce desired results

It appears that all-day kindergarten is a part of

Indiana's future. I truly believe, as a past

child-care worker in the kindergarten field, it is an

issue we should think about long and hard. I realize

parents think this sounds like a great idea that will

put their child ahead of the learning curve. This is a

fallacy. A few extra hours forced on a 4- or

5-year-old to spend in a classroom do not make for

academic success.

The best teachers are the parents of children. Do all

children walk or talk at the same time? The answer is

no, and four more hours a day will not make them all

tie shoes at the same time. Remember by age 8, all

will be reading, writing and knowing the alphabet. So

take your time and enjoy their childhood.

We don't want our children raised by the government,

which lately seems to be making all the decisions for

our children. Let's find out all of the details before

we turn our youngsters over for a full day of

classroom activity.

Barbara Woehler

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