9 thoughts on “Universal PreK in Watertown: the Superintendent Would Like to See That

  1. “There could be a way to do it, even if the state does not fund universal Prek” ??? She means have the Watertown taxpayers pay for FREE daycare for all in town!! They will never stop trying to steal anything and everything from the working taxpayers.

  2. The children and families of Watertown deserve to have Pre-K. Our grandson is currently enrolled in the Hosmer School Pre-K. We are so impressed by the education that our grandson receives. His teachers are caring, well-trained professionals who make learning exciting. Whether he is retelling a story or sounding out syllables, he is always sharing his day. Watertown is a “hot spot” in regards to the housing market. We now have to continue to bring fresh ideas to the table in the area of the educational system. New schools and top-notch educational programs are the keys to Watertown’s continued success.

  3. While I suppose there is something to be said for sending a child to public school at age 4, why not age 3 or even earlier?

    Question: Is it wise to take a child away from his/her main NURTURERS at such early ages? And yes, pre-K will become mandatory if teachers have their way. Don’t kid yourself.

    Question: Are teachers nurturers of very young children? Proof please.

    I suspect that national teachers’ unions are behind the push for pre-K and even pre-pre-K. More jobs for teachers, after all.

    A lot of the pre-K push is for political reasons. What do I mean? Here is one example:

    Many libraries and schools in the country are bringing in adult Drag Queens to read
    LGBTQ stories to 3 and 4 year olds.

    Take a look and see all the cities (including Boston and Fall River) it is in:


    https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/family/item/33901-american-library-association-pushing-perversion-through-drag-queen-story-hour (Yes, librarians push Drag Queens onto children)


    That’s what you “educators” are inflicting on children. You know it’s wrong, and you do it anyway because you are trying to indocrinate young kids.

    Dear Watertown superintendent, educators, ands school committee:

    What is your opinion of Drag Queen Story Hour reading to pre-K and others? It’s a fair question. Let’s hear from you.

  4. I love the idea of having pre K as long as no drag queens reading to by children and filling young kids with LGBT stuff. Let a kid be a kid and only teach school stuff have fun with friends. Those things that are personal leave it for home. It’s not schools job to teach about LGBT stuff. That’s personal stuff you do out of school. I love the idea my daughter is 4 and she loves school and is ready to go unfortunately I can’t afford it.

  5. If parents didn’t have to work and could be home nurturing their kids every day, or made so much money that they could afford great day care, we wouldn’t need universal day care, would we? Public PreK in our schools is a little different–its a community wide response to kids’ needs. Some people even think young kids are happy socializing with others, being stimulated and challenged by not strictly academic activities. I was lucky enough to stay home with my kids (in the olden days), formed a play group (maybe mostly for the parents?), then took them to a community day care. But I see the great need for our children to have every opportunity for creative play and attention before regular kindergarten. As someone above mentioned, Kindergarten was new at one point, and look how it helps kids today. Watertown and Dede Galdston are working to create good teaching environments and opportunities in our schools. Let’s support what is sure to be a treasured experience for little kids. Nurturing can happen all the time, not just in the mornings, and I do believe that it takes a village to raise a child. With oversight and quality programs, we can have nurturing in public schools.
    By the way, I have heard great things from parents about creative programs, such as reading to little kids by Drag Queens, in two cities. Kids care that they are read to, the caring of the people who read to them, and appreciate people being their authentic selves. Kids have no political agenda and take people for who they are. They like creativity and dramatic readings. My guess is that only the parents are aware of the labels identifying the readers. Sounds like a great opportunity to me. Barbara R

  6. Barbara, highly sexual-like adult drag queens, many of whom have obscene websites, are clearly not appropriate for little kids or any minor.

    Your saying that they are “authentic” is not convincing.

    Pardon me, Barbara, for asking this, but have you lost your mind that you would think such things are appropriate?

    When did you start believing this?

    • Thanks for the comments everyone. I think we are getting off topic,.which is universal PreK. Also please do not address comments directly towards others. You can express your opinion about an issue without directing it someone in particular.

  7. There was an interesting article in the Boston Globe on 8/25/19 by Hattie Bernstein regarding the Milldam Nursery School in Concord. They follow a “play-based curriculum that emphasizes comfort, safety, and joy”. “There is a price to pay for hurrying the wonder years, and the Milldam community isn’t willing to pay it.”
    “It used to be that educators and parents wanted kids reading by a certain age, and if kids were not making progress by age 4 or 5, they worried,” says Kristen Herbert, director of teaching and learning for the Concord Public schools. “Educators understand more and more, but not the parents yet, that this is not helpful . . . Long-term, there is no effect on achievement.”
    A mother in Concord was quoted as saying she was looking for a program that lets kids be kids.
    I have read other articles stating pretty much the same. We are forcing children into intense learning at younger ages and then we wonder why they are all stressed out and act out. They’ve proven that children who do not have the extra pre-k education do catch up when they get into kindergarten and they’ve had a lot more fun. A key part of their home education is parents reading to their children and exposing them to nature and outside play rather than all the electronic gadgets. Parents often take the easy way out by handing them their phones and laptops to use as baby sitting tools. The responsibility for education should fall on the parents and not all on the schools and taxpayers.

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