Are KiGa expectations set too high? I ask because of the other debate. If there were no expectations of Kigarteners then all kids would start at 0 and have tolearn everything. Whereas now, they say Kigarteners are expected to know certain things, a few kids can do everything and some can somethings and a few can't do anything.
Where I live, they start KiGa at 3 and kids are not expected to know anything. Throughout KiGa the kids learn sharing and society rules, but nothing like reading, writing or counting.
Starting preschool at 4 or 5 there are no real expectations, but some kids may count or read.
Starting school, ie first grade, at 6, they still have no real expectations. They are suggested to know their name and phone number or address, but that is all. They learn to read, write, do basic math stuff in first grade. In the end these kids are equally as smart as American kids, so I don't see why the push so early?
(I say equally becauseI mean both are prepared for college) On a side note of that, for an American to attend university here they have to pass a language exam and have attended 2 yrs Amrican college. Whereas for a foreign student to attend US colleges they just have to pass the Toefl(similar to what they would have to pass here too). I am sure on both sides of the ocean, there are extremely brilliant people and extremely ignorant people. But I am just talking about the averages.
Back to my original question, is there too much expected of a child starting Kindergarten?