What Tests Can’t Evaluate Teachers Can

“In Rochester {Romper Room} was hosted from 1962 to 1967 by “Miss Rita,” Rita Barton, who later founded an innovative child-care facility. . . Each program would open with a greeting from the hostess and the Pledge of Allegiance. Then the hostess and her group of children would embark on 30 or 60 minutes of games, exercises, songs and moral lessons . . .” Wikipedia

Aired on television, Miss Rita did not know the race or socio-economic status of the children watching.

Show and tell was an important part of Romper Room. It told the teacher a great deal about the child’s likes and dislikes, the child’s ability to express feelings towards the objects brought in to show. By asking questions of the presenting child, ability, cultural norms, behavioral patterns, and social confidence could be observed.

Miss Rita provided a safe environment for every child, the presenter would gain confidence in speaking in public and learn to answer questions in a relevant manner posed by peers who asked relevant questions.

Show and Tell educated young children on the social norms they would be expected to follow as they grew older. It prepared kindergarten children to be good citizens and lifelong learners who were interested in someone other than self. It taught them to respect the rights of others to like different things, and opened children’s views to include things in their experience that were introduced by others.

Show and Tell taught children to question their world by understanding that who, what, when, where, why, and how are very important questions to ask if you want to know how the world works and what others think. It raised awareness of other cultures while giving the presenting child a sense of pride and a feeling of acceptance.

The Common Core Curriculum for Kindergarten does not provide time for Show and Tell. Nor does it provide an alternative to the attributes of personal and social success instilled in Kindergarten children who watched Romper Room.

Our children deserve a Romper Room education that concentrates on the gifts and talents of the children being educated.

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