It's the move to full-day kindergarten. Mind you, not all places. Not in some rural towns, e.g., Muskoka & TLDSB.
Early Learning Phase One
7 Dec 2010 In September 2010, day kindergarten program will be available in nearly 600 schools in every school board in Ontario.
What were they thinking? Kids don't need a full-day educational program. They need a balanced day of Early Childhood activities, in a cozy environment, with naps, and care arrangements for working parents.
They don't need to hear bells all day. We'll see real school fatigue by grade 8, I'm sure. And do we want 4-year-olds on all day? They need comfort and relaxation in a caring place. I've taught in day care, done home day care, and taught JK and SK. There is no comparison, especially regarding the hot meals offered in day care, a cook, and a soft place to land with a caregiver, not a teacher.
This is the impact to the rest of the children in the schools system:
Board offers six options for school overcrowding
January 11, 2011
A discussion paper on the proposed interim solutions for the Kanata Area Elementary Study.