(Victor Joecks, Las Vegas Review-Journal) – It would be so much easier for politicians if pesky parents didn’t keep insisting that they knew their children best.
Every session, our exulted overlords in Carson City have to fend off moms and dads who believe they — without any government certification or peer review — should make the decisions that shape their children’s future. Some parents even have the gall to assert that they should treat their own children differently based on differing development needs.
Fortunately, politicians like Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz, D-North Las Vegas, and Assemblywoman Amber Joiner, D-Reno, are here to treat your children like the widgets they are.
Diaz has proposed Assembly Bill 186, which would reduce the compulsory school age from 7 to 5. She testified that Nevada has about 37,300 5-year-olds, but just 34,626 of them are enrolled in public kindergarten. You might think having 92 percent of 5-year-olds enrolled in public kindergarten shows that the status quo is working — starting at 5 fits most kids, and parents hold off when a child isn’t ready — but you’re obviously not thinking like a liberal.