When you become a parent, your top priority is keeping your child safe, happy and secure. We hold our children close those early years, and provide them all the love and guidance they need. Then, we prepare them and send them off to kindergarten, where they’ll continue to grow and be shaped by their teachers and peers.
They’ll learn their ABCs, how to read, and interact with other children. They’ll skip rope, play hopscotch and tag, giggle and laugh, sing songs and feel sleepy during story-time. We’ll pick them up when the bell rings, and their eyes will light up as they share what they’ve learned at school, excited for tomorrow to come again.
That is what children should be doing in kindergarten – have fun learning, making friends, and being kids. They should be singing The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – the original versions – not remakes with lyrics that will send chills up your spine.
Georgy Cohen from Somerville, Mass. was saddened to enter her child’s classroom and see a sign telling the children what to do when a school lockdown occurs.
"Lockdown. Lockdown. Lock the door
Shut the lights off. Say no more
Go behind the desk and hide.
Wait until it’s safe inside
Lockdown. Lockdown. It’s all done
Now it’s time to have some fun!"
This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be-kindergartener’s classroom. pic.twitter.com/mWiJVdddpH— Georgy Cohen (@radiofreegeorgy) June 6, 2018
Reading it alone is disturbing; now sing the lyrics to the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and picture a classroom of four-year-olds singing in unison.
"This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be-kindergartener’s classroom," Cohen wrote on Twitter.
No, it shouldn't. It’s saddening to know that children may have to sing this at some point – and have perhaps been practicing it already in the classroom. This is the society that we live in today.
Sadly, this is the society we live in today. So far this year in the U.S., there have been 23 school shootings where someone has been hurt or killed according to CNN. That averages to about one shooting per week.
Children should be having fun being kids, not worrying about whether their classroom will become a bloodbath.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nine out of ten public schools now drill students and teachers to respond to mass shootings.
Unfortunately, these drills have become the new normal. When it comes to preparing children for school, it never entered our minds that we’d have to prepare them for lockdown drills too.