Left closing in on another formative year

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

child playing with blocksA ministry dedicated to upholding and re-affirming marriage, family, life, and liberty is questioning the motive behind a new effort to lower the mandatory age at which students must start kindergarten.

Several years ago, state Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Chicago) successfully introduced legislation lowering the compulsory school age from seven to six. Now she is attempting to lower it again. David Smith, executive director of the Illinois Family Institute (IFI), says that does little to further a child's education.

"One more year of school is only going to provide the left and the teachers' unions with more access to our kids to indoctrinate them," Smith submits.

Smith, David (IFI)He says a plethora of parents know their five-year-olds are not cognitively, emotionally, or socially ready to begin school.

"That decision shouldn't be put into the hands of bureaucrats in Springfield but should be the prerogative, the right of parents to decide," the IFI spokesman contends. "Five years old is very young."

He adds that homeschoolers are not off the hook here, as homeschooling parents will have to show school officials proof that they have started homeschooling their five-year-old children.

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