Wednesday, November 10, 2004

READY4HEAVEN

Dave Barry had a hilarious piece on getting his daughter into the right kindergarten program so she would be ready for Harvard. Now that Kindergarten has gotten so serious, what's next?

It reminded me of a radio commercial telling concerned parents to contact and support "READY4K". Here is the groups mission statement:

To increase the number of young children entering kindergarten in Minnesota who are prepared and ready for learning success by uniting parents, communities, organizations, and policymakers to act and advocate for school readiness.

Let me see if I get this. Their mission is to increase the number of kids [got it] who are ready to succeed (Got it.) in kindergarten (Got it...Er wait. What does it take to succeed in kindergarten?). Exactly how is this mission accomplished? By "uniting" a whole bunch of people, including parents, various other groups, and "policymakers" to act and advocate for this school readiness. You know what happens when the policymakers get involved, don't you? That's right, they start spending policy money.

Why is READY4K necessary? Apparently there aren't enough parents and groups already interested in seeing that their children are "ready for learning success" in kindergarten. Is this a big problem? Don't the necessary skills for kindergarten include coloring in the lines, sharing the building blocks, and talking about the show-and-tell item you brought.

Kindergarten was established for the purpose of "increasing the number of 1st graders who are prepared and ready for learning success." But what is needed to get "ready" for kindergarten? Apparently it isn't enough to have kids ready for first grade, now on top of kindergarten, a "pre-kindergarten" program is necessary. Once that is in place, they will likely find that a READY4PRE-K program is needed in order to prepare more kids for the "pre-kindergarten" program? It won't be long before "acting and activated" parents send their newborn child straight from the hospital nursery into the "pre-pre school" program. After all, these kids need to be ready.

Early age should be a time when little children learn at home the fundamentals of life. God says for parents to educate their children in the ways of God. From the earliest age, parents should teach their children about God and His Son Jesus. Proverbs says to "...train them up in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it." Paul said to the Ephesians, bring your children up "...in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." Schooling is important--maybe not at three years of age--but parents need to give more attention to bringing their children up to know the Lord. (see Pro. 22:6; Ephesians 6:4)

Moses gave the following pattern to Israel and it still works today: "These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up." (Deut. 6:6,7). Let's make sure our kids are READY4HEAVEN.
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Moses in the Promised Land

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