I have to say I think there is a lot of painting with a very broad brush going on here. As a parent that is personally affected by this legislation, I don't support it at all. My son will turn 5 in Nov. this year. He is SO excited and completely ready to start kindergarten. He's been through 2 years of pre-school and is near the top of his pre-school class in readiness, as evaluated by his pre-school teacher, not just by me, an admittedly biased parent. So these comments about not being emotionally ready are ill-informed. The truth is that each child has to be evaluated on a case by case basis. A few months difference in age should not be a determining factor as some Jan. 5 year olds are less mature than Dec. 5 year olds. If a child is mature enough to handle pre-school he or she should be allowed to enroll, regarding of whether he or she has turned 5 by some arbitrary date. This legislation is the typical American way these days. Let's write a bill that doesn't require anyone to think about a child's readiness, because we're lazy. Let's just have them read a calendar to determine if a child is ready.
I ask you to consider the situation I'm being forced into. My son has already been enrolled in kindergarten, gone through kindergarten round-up, and now, just before the present school year ends, the Senate passed a bill to change the enrollment date and potentially pull the rug out from under him. No one has been able to tell me to date whether or not this ridiculous legislation will take effect this fall or not. What does 2013 mean? The 2012-2013 school year, or Sept. 2013? My son will be CRUSHED if we have to tell him he can't go to kindergarten in the fall and he will be under-challenged starting kindergarten the following year. No one seems to be talking about the negative consequences that could result from this legislation.
I personally am a late Oct. birthday. I started kindergarten at 4, and excelled throughout school, including college, despite always being one of the youngest students in my classes. It is not a given that starting at 4 is a bad thing. It has been allowed for at least 40 years that I'm aware of and probably significantly more. If it isn't broke, don't try to fix it!!