Make a really big deal about how important it is for kids to get physical activity, and then force him to sit still for 95% of the school day.This article explains the government's new early learning initiative, the point of which will be to train kids to be more "ready" for kindergarten. One of the things that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is especially concerned about is kids developing the ability to "sit still" and "listen to teachers." The government will offer $500 million in grants for states to "raise the quality of early learning and child care programs and to increase families’ access to them." These early learning programs should help solve this "problem" of kids not being able to sit still by age 5, along with other ones affecting school-readiness.
|Would this count as good training for sitting still? Or are they too comfortable?
Let's think about this: Maybe the government wouldn't have to spend so much money on getting kids to be physically active outside of school, if they didn't spend so much time (and now even more money) trying to get them to stop moving during school.
What if we let the kids be active when they want to, and sit still when they want to? Instead, the government tells children: Make sure you get plenty of physical activity, but not on our time.
Sebelius also says that half of the children they tested in Kansas were "not ready" for Kindergarten.
I wonder if it ever occurs to any government officials that if HALF of the kids aren't ready for school, then maybe the kids aren't the ones with the problem. Just maybe the problem is that the schools aren't ready for the kids. As far as I'm concerned, it's not maybe. This definitely IS the problem. The schools aren't ready for the kinds of kids who can't sit still and listen.
Instead of spending half a billion dollars getting hundreds of thousands of kids ready for something they might be physically incapable of doing (like sitting still), why not send out a message to all of their schools? The message could be really simple, and would not be expensive to distribute. I'll even save them the trouble of paying someone to write it up:
Dear Schools of America,
Stop making the kids sit still so much. We'll give you a break on all the testing.