Today, Children, We’re Not Going To Do A Show

“This isn’t about a single group of kindergartners, but about our core values for all students – that the arts are not disposable, that they are not frivolous, and that they can in fact prepare students for life.” Howard Sherman, Arts Administrator and Producer
Elwood Letter
Of course, on the face of it, it’s simply the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard. In a letter to the parents of kindergarten students at Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, N.Y., the principal and kindergarten teachers wrote: “The reason for eliminating the Kindergarten show is simple. 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.” The Washington Post seemed to be first on the case, with a story titled, “Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really.” That pretty much set the tone and I jumped into the fray, sharing it online with introductory words including “dumb” and “shame.” I happened to be e-mailing with a producer at CBS News on a personal topic and passed the article along to her, and I tweeted it in the direction of a reporter at The New York Post, knowing how they like to take umbrage at things. I wanted people to see how ridiculous this was, and is. Read more…


  1. Tell it to Shakespeare. The greatest ambition, the most cherished ideal of American “educators” seems to be to trumpet to the whole world that Americans are the stupidest
    people on earth.

  2. Kathleen E Lo PINTO VIGNOLINI says:

    This typifies the problem with “our Education” system these days; we’ve reverted back to “educating children for jobs” rather than “educating children for life.” It also ignores the fact that children learn in various ways and through a variety of activities. It’s a shame that these children who prepared for this annual show were denied the experience of giving their performance. Too bad someone doesn’t let them do the show elsewhere!

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