The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 8, 2013

Education business

— Marla Culp’s article in titled “Early childhood education fosters growth” caught my attention, but after reading it, I would have guessed that she is with PSEA rather than the several associations she specifies.

PSEA is always in search for more members, for more dues. Thus, school attendance from birth to today would please them. I, on the other hand, have serious doubts about the value of kindergarten, much less about school for children even younger than those in kindergarten.

As a substitute teacher in the Clark County School District, I made myself available to any school in the district including even Indian Springs about 25 miles north of town, where I was asked if I could substitute for kindergarten. “Do you have anyone else?” I asked. I was elected.

I never presumed that I as a substitute could do as well as the regular teacher: but I gave it my best shot and the day went well. The next time I was at that school, I asked the kindergarten teacher for comment, and both she and the kids were pleased.

This experience did not enhance my opinion of kindergarten although I recognize it’s value for children from deprived backgrounds. A subsequent conversation with another kindergarten teacher supported my feelings.

But if there is any question as to the value of kindergarten, how much more question should “pre-school” receive? For the “education business,” is there never enough money to spend on “education?”

Phillip Miller,


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