I just need to say, (for my first time to any news organization or anything of the sort), that I find it so extremely irritating to read time and time again that schools, newspaper reporters, teachers, the public in general, think that ONLY those four and five year olds who went to preschool could be even remotely ready for “real” kindergarten.

What in the world are you people thinking? You seriously believe that no stay-at-home parents exist that would actually teach their kids a thing or two in those four or five years of being home with them? Gee, guess what. Not one of my kids had to go to preschool to learn some basic manners: taking turns, waiting in line, following directions and you all better have a seat, but three out of four of them actually learned to read before starting kindergarten. One was four years and nine months old! Give me a break already!

I wish the world would stop thinking that preschool is this magical cure-all for what ails kids today. I’d take any parent that would actually make the time and effort to spend the appropriate amount of time with their kids ensuring their emotional and intellectual well being. Read to your own kids already! Every day! This can only do them well no matter what the subject.

In closing, I’ll just say my children have done extremely well in school with no behavior problems in the least, all without PRESCHOOL!

Anne Melton lives in Allied Gardens.

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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