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4/16/2012 10:39:19 AM
Mike Smith HSLDA--Roy Hanson FPM
California: Oppose Mandatory Kindergarten

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JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT - April 13, 2012
From: Mike Smith -- HSLDA and Roy Hanson -- Family Protection
Ministries
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Bill: AB 1772 (as amended 4/11/12)
Mandatory Kindergarten

Author: State Assemblymember Joan Buchanan

Position: Strongly OPPOSE

Status: Hearing set for Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in the California
State Assembly Education Committee.

Our parental rights and home school freedoms in California are under
attack in an unprecedented way this year. Your help is key to the
defense of our freedoms; so it is critical that you read every alert
and take the suggested action in each one ASAP. Quickly pass these
alerts on to others who might respond.

Summary of Concern:
AB 1772 would make kindergarten mandatory before taking the first
grade, forcing one more year to a child's education.
AB 1772, as recently amended, does indirectly what the last version of
this bill did directly -- that is to have "everyone" starting school
at 5 years of age.

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Information Included In This Email:
A. Action Items
B. Opposition Points to Share with Legislators
C. Background Information
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A. Action Items:

1) CALL IMMEDIATELY (No later than 3:00 p.m. -- Tuesday, April 17)
the member of the Assembly Education Committee according to the first
letter of your last name as indicated in the alphabetized list below.

TELL THEM:
"Please vote no on AB 1772 (by Buchanan). I oppose mandatory
kindergarten which effectively lowers the compulsory attendance age to
5."

2) AFTER you have called, consider following up your call by emailing
(or faxing) a brief letter.
(Please refer to the "Opposition Points to Share with Legislators" for
additional ideas that you could include if you can write a follow-up
letter to email or fax. A brief one paragraph letter, writing down
what you told them in your phone call would be adequate.)

Notes:
> Call and write as a parent and citizen. This bill directly
affects all families with young children.
> Do not disclose the source of this Alert. All bills are available
on the Internet.
> Calls are most effective in this time-limited situation.
> Pass this onto your friends, church, school, and group.
> Pray for a proper outcome.

For Action Item No. 1 above, please call the member of the Assembly
Education Committee according to the first letter of your last name as
indicated in the following list:

A-B
Julia Brownley
Phone: 916-319-2041
Fax: 916-319-2141

C-D
Tom Ammiano
Phone: 916-319-2013
Fax: 916-319-2113

E-G
Joan Buchanan
Phone: 916-319-2015
Fax: 916-319-2115

H
Betsy Butler
Phone: 916-319-2053
Fax: 916-319-2153

I-J
Wilmer Amina Carter
Phone: 916-319-2062
Fax: 916-319-2162

K-L
Mike Eng
Phone: 916-319-2049
Fax: 916-319-2149

M-N
Shannon Grove
Phone: 916-319-2032
Fax: 916-319-2132

O-R
Linda Halderman, M.D.
Phone: 916-319-2029
Fax: 916-319-2129

S
Chris Norby
Phone: 916-319-2072
Fax: 916-319-2172

T-V
Donald Wagner
Phone: 916-319-2070
Fax: 916-319-2170

W-Z
Das Williams
Phone: 916-319-2035
Fax: 916-319-2135

After you have called, you may use one or more of the "Opposition
Points to Share with Legislators" stated below if you email a letter
to a committee member -- preferably before 3:00 p.m. tomorrow --
Tuesday, April 17.


B. Opposition Points to Share with Legislators:

1. AB 1772 is not necessary. According to the Assembly Education
Committee and the California Department of Education on March 16,
2012, 90-95% of all children of kindergarten age already attend public
or private. Parents who desire to enroll their children at age 5 in
California can choose to do so already. In September 2002, Governor
Davis vetoed AB 634, which also addressed mandatory kindergarten
attendance saying, "I am concerned that this bill would unduly
restrict a parent's or guardian's education choices for their
children. I believe parents should retain the right to choose an
education program for their 5-year-old children."

2. AB 1772 decreases beneficial parental contact with their
children. An extra year of development outside of school can be
critical for a child at this early age. Carl Zinsmeister, adjunct
research associate at the American Enterprise Institute for Public
Policy Research, says, "Declining parental attachment is an extremely
serious risk to children today. The verdict of enormous psychological
literature is that time spent with the parent is the very clearest
correlate of healthy child development." Parents should continue to
have the authority to decide what is best for their children.

3. AB 1772 forces children into school too soon. There is much
research indicating that early childhood education not only can cause
both physical developmental and behavioral problems in future years
but also does not improve the child's potential for being a better
student later on. This is especially significant for boys, because
their cognitive and verbal skill development generally lags behind
that of girls at this age.

4. AB 1772 is based on faulty information. Arthur Jensen, a
learning psychologist, wrote in the Harvard Educational Review in 1969
that Benjamin Bloom's conclusion that people develop 50% of their
mature intelligence by the age of 4 is a statistically unwarranted
conclusion. In 1970, Nancy Bailey, a University of California child
psychologist whose data Bloom used, pointed out that Bloom's theory
was wrong because it was based on an inadequate definition of
intelligence. In spite of statements to the contrary, there is no
solid evidence that kindergarten brings any lasting or permanent
educational benefit to a child.

5. AB 1772 would place an increased financial burden on parents who
now will have to pay for 13 years of school rather than 12.

6. For documentation of research supporting the above statements and
additional related research results, please see our background
documents on early childhood education at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=14406 . Every parent should read
"Institutionalized Early Childhood Education Background and Issues" -
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=14407 .

C. Background Information:

AB 1772 would make kindergarten mandatory and effectively lower the
compulsory attendance age for entry into school from 6 to 5 years of
age. This requirement would apply to all children, whether their
parents plan to send them to public school or private school
(including private home schools).

Rushing children into formal education by effectively lowering the age
at which children begin formal education by mandating kindergarten
will exact a heavy toll on the development of many children and will
weaken the role of parents in their lives. This is diametrically
opposed to the message parents are routinely given, that parents need
to be more involved in their children's lives. However, parents
cannot be more involved when the state either encourages or requires
children to be with their parents for less time. Research supports
later rather than earlier entry of children into institutionalized
settings for educational development to be the most beneficial.

AB 1772 encroaches on the fundamental right of parents to direct the
upbringing and education of their children. It ignores the
long-standing presumption that parents act in the best interest of
their children, by requiring parents to enroll their children in
kindergarten rather than allowing them the choice specified in current
law. It disregards the parent's understanding of what would be the
best course of action for his own child's education and development.

Advocates of government control of all children would be able to use
AB 1772 as a step toward establishing a seamless, cradle-to-grave
government-run education and human development program. Passage of AB
1772 could be followed by future legislation making institutionalized
preschool mandatory for every 3- and 4-year-old child. Universal
preschool has been proposed by legislators and openly encouraged by
proponents of early childhood education. Washington, D.C. considered
3-year-old compulsory education a few years ago.


For information on how to contact your state assembly member and state
senator, please visit: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=14408

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HSLDA
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