Letters to the editor stock

Children and families are unique, and not all students need to attend kindergarten.

Forcing them to attend before they are ready could very likely result in contributing to a negative attitude about learning — and wasting tax dollars.

The issue is not mandatory kindergarten but compulsory age for enrollment. The solution is to lower the mandatory age to 6 years old by June 1 and testing skill levels for placement in either kindergarten or first grade.

This, along with maintaining the current voluntary enrollment age of 5 years old, thereby maintaining the option for families, should improve the opportunities for student success.

There is no credible evidence that going to school longer (hours, days, or years) positively impacts student learning. It is the quality not the quantity that counts. Doing the wrong thing for more hours, more days or more years is not going to help students.

Providing quality education will.

Marg De Roo, Dyer

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Editorial Page Editor/South Lake County Editor

Marc is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times, where he is the investigative editor. He is also the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project.