Interesting article "Crisis in the Kindergarten: A New Report on the Disappearance of Play" at the Alliance for Childhood:
New research shows that many kindergartens spend 2 to 3 hours per day instructing and testing [emphasis mine] children in literacy and math—with only 30 minutes per day or less for play. In some kindergartens there is no playtime at all [emphasis mine again]. The same didactic, test-driven approach is entering preschools. But these methods, which are not well grounded in research, are not yielding long-term gains. Meanwhile, behavioral problems and preschool expulsion, especially for boys, are soaring. Read and comment on the Alliance’s new report, Crisis in the Kindergarten: Why Children Need to Play in School.And for those with older kids, or, something to look forward to (not):
Candy-ass vice-principal calls the bomb squad over an 11-year-old's science project, recommends counseling for the student
A San Diego school vice-principal saw an 11-year-old's home science project (a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics), decided it was a bomb, wet himself, put the school on lockdown, had the bomb-squad come out to
destroyX-ray the student's invention and search his parents' home, and then magnanimously decided not to discipline the kid (though he did recommend that the child and his parents get counselling to help them overcome their anti-social science behavior).
You've really got to read the whole story, including this link to the newspaper account.