Kindergarten show canceled for college prep

Kindergarteners won’t sing or dance for their parents this year at Harley Avenue Primary School in Long Island. The annual kindergarten show was canceled to because it takes time from college and career prep reports the New York Post.

“We are responsible for preparing children for college and career with valuable lifelong skills and know that we can best do that by having them become strong readers, writers, coworkers and problem solvers,” Principal Ellen Best-Laimit told parents in a letter. “What and how we teach is changing to meet the demands of a changing world.”

In the 21st century, the performing arts have no educational value.

The school was closed for a number of snow days over the winter. Apparently, the five- and six-year-olds have fallen behind.

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  1. cranberry says:

    In the 21st century, the performing arts have no educational value.

    Hilarious. The schools we know place great worth on teaching public speaking. One of the best ways to teach public speaking is to encourage engagement in the performing arts. Most of the private high schools we toured when selecting schools require their students to take a course in the performing or fine arts.

    Memorizing dialogue, dances, and songs. Working together as a team to put on the show. It all has value.

    By the end of high school, my performing arts kids have memorized things like Shakespeare, Brecht, and Mozart. They’ve also learned to value skills such as showing up on time.

  2. Sigivald says:

    Maybe private schools think they can get parents to send money (and kids) by requiring theater.

    The rest of us, well, not so convinced.

    (I do find it dispiritingly hilarious that that Long Island school thinks six year olds “need college and career prep”.

    On the other hand, if you look at their statement, the “prep” in question is “reading at grade level by grade 3”.

    Which is dispiriting in an entirely different way.)

  3. The real outrage here is that this district spends $22,800 per student and tells taxpayers it can only afford to operate half-day (2.5 hours) kindergarten.

  4. Another brainless administrator. What child in Kindergarten needs to worry about college prep?