Several towns in New Hampshire will vote today on whether to offer public kindergarten.
Something that struck me in this article was the pro-kindergarten mother whose own attempts to teach her son reading skills at home ended in "frustration and tears."
I can say from experience that teaching letter sounds isn't difficult -- if the child is developmentally ready. I can also say from experience that if the child isn't ready, it will be a frustrating experience until the child is a little older.
Sending her child to kindergarten wouldn't necessarily have been the magical panacea that mother believes...and why would a teacher whose time is divided between many children of widely varying needs and abilities automatically be assumed to have a greater likelihood of success?