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TN House Passes Bill Requiring Maturity Test To Enter Kindergarten

by David Badash on April 25, 2012

in Discrimination,Education,News,Politics

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Thousands of Tennessee children every year will be forced to take a “maturity test” to enter kindergarten should a bill the Tennessee House just passed become law. Currently, children who turn five by September 31 are allowed to enter kindergarten, but the new bill changes that date to August 31, ensuring that all kindergartens are at least five years old. The maturity test would be administered to four-year olds should their parents, presumably, want their children to not be a year behind their friends and neighbors.

READ: TN Lawmaker: Gay Kids Commit Suicide Because Their Parents Don’t Instill Good Values

Opponents of the bill, House Bill 2566, say that the real reason for the dates change is it would save Tennessee an estimated $21 million, allowing them to lay off many teachers.

Tennessee, which recently enacted a law that protects teachers who teach creationism, has become home to some of the most anti-intellectual, anti-education, anti-science, and anti-reality bills in the country.

READ: Tennessee: Miscarriage Will Be Murder — Legislature Passes Embryo Bill

So it’s no surprise whatsoever to read this statement in an article this morning in The Tennessean:

Supporters argued that children who start school at an older age are more likely to succeed, but [Republican state Rep. Glen] Casada conceded there is no research that specifically backs that claim.

Chas Sisk at The Tennessean adds:

Legislative staffers estimate the change could save the state as much as $21 million a year and local districts $11 million. That prompted Democrats to question whether the change is motivated mainly by a desire to cut costs.

“If they started at 16 they could really ace those kindergarten tests,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner, D-Old Hickory. “Basically what we’re doing on this bill is laying off teachers.”

The Tennessee House and/or Senate, both infamous for their (still-active and probably to-be passed this week) “Don’t Say Gay” bill, has passed recently a bill making some miscarriages murder, a bill that classifies holding hands as “gateway sexual activity,” and is home to Tennessee state senator Stacey Campfield, the lawmaker who was kicked out of a local Knoxville restaurant in response to his comments about how HIV/AIDS originated from a gay guy “screwing a monkey,” (false) and comments he made stating that it is “virtually impossible” to contract HIV via heterosexual sex.

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doug1408 April 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Keep working at it hard Tennessee and you can be down there running with Mississippi for the poorest state in no time.

lordumoh April 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm

These quixotic measures threaten the practicality of schooling for children and seem to be creating a system of privatization. By requesting the child to be “sufficiently mature,” Tennessee is infringing on the children’s rights to a public education. Will a school be created for children who fail these early admission entrance exams or will they be cast aside to watch their fellow classmates climb the ladder ahead? Is it not possible that schools will feel pressure to administer exams that uphold a certain prestige level?

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