The march for progress continues:
Ontario parents of 4- and 5-year-olds should be able to leave their children at school from 7:30 in the morning to 6 p.m. as part of sweeping changes bringing daycare and kindergarten under one roof, the Star has learned.
A long-awaited report by Charles Pascal on full-day learning, to be released tomorrow, calls for a massive shakeup in children’s services that would see the Ministry of Education take full responsibility for learning from birth to young adulthood, sources say.
For families, it would mark the beginning of the so-called “seamless day,” where parents drop off and pick up their children in one location; kids then spend the day in one building, their school, instead of being ferried back and forth between class and child care. Research has shown that especially for younger children, the fewer transitions, the better.
How perfectly ghastly. This isn’t about what’s best for the kids. It’s about what’s more convenient to adults. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.
Andrea adds: Probably has a whole lot to do with what’s beneficial for the Ministry of Education, too. Declining demographics means they have fewer students–schools are closing. How better to expand than to get themselves into the costly and time-consuming daycare business?
Rebecca says: “A long-awaited report by Charles Pascal on full-day learning, …” Oh for heaven’s sake. Support or oppose this notion (and I think it’s dreadful) can we at least please acknowledge that it’s day-long daycare, and nothing to do with education? If we talk like Orwell’s characters, the terrorists have won.by