I agree with Marlene Walker ("Think of the kids, not the money," June 17) that the age for children starting kindergarten should rise to 5 years old.
A few more months of maturity can go a long way to help children adjust to the academics in Glendale Unified School District kindergartens. Contrary to Walker's statement that "kindergarten has much playtime and not too much learning," our kindergartens have become much more rigorous in order to comply with state standards. As a former kindergarten teacher and current substitute teacher for Glendale Unified, I can attest that much learning takes place, and playtime is limited during the kindergartner's day.
What I disagree with the most are Walker's assumptions about why parents decide to start their children in kindergarten prior to age 5. Her statements about single mothers are negative and judgmental. These subjective comments have no place in deciding effective education policy.