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Before-and-after pics reveal the soul-crushing disappointment…of Kindergarten

Aug 29, 2014 By Abraham

It’s the time of year when we all see and post pics on Facebook of kids going back to school. Or in some cases going to school for the very first time. Exciting, right?

Yes…in the morning, at least. What about after that first day, though? How do kids feel then?

Parents don’t usually post those pics to Facebook. Nobody wants to see…complete and utter brokenness.

First Day of Kindergarten (Morning)

First day of Kindergarten - Before

First Day of Kindergarten (Afternoon)

First day of Kindergarten - After

(via Reddit)

You can do it, buddy! Only 17 years to go, give or take…


  1. Le Dude says:

    This breaks my heart. Not because of this particular picture, which could mean anything, but because it’s true: this is what school does to kids. We all know it that our kids (except perhaps for the few for which school is easy enough not to stress them but not easy enough to bore them) end up like this, one way or another. We know school sucks. We make songs about “learning on the street” being better than in school. Yet we do nothing about it. We know that this educational system was designed to produce capable workers with a good basic knowledge during the industrial revolution. We know that it is completely ill-equipped to get our kids the skills they need for today’s society. We know much more about the neuroscience behind learning, motivation, and ability. For many things we know very well when kids are up for it and when not. Yet we do nothing with it. The prime example being second language learning of course, which, if it happens at all, happens in their early teens, whereas kids’ implicit learning capacity, which is responsible for language learning, starts bogging down after 6y. We know that teenagers go through identity crises that are associated with brain development, this would create a windows of opportunity for creative or open course in which to “find themselves”, but no.
    Anyway, rant over.

  2. Fai Borowiec says:

    Sadly, this is what Common Core and the over-testing of our children does to them. In America, we’ve managed to take something which should be very exciting for children….learning….and turn it into something they dread and something that crushes their spirits. Heartbreaking.

  3. Paul says:

    poor little guy. it’s true. felt that way throughout the entire public education experience. it is what it is i guess. makes summer break absolutely worthy does it not.

  4. Marion says:

    Yes, I totally agree with the above comments. The question remains, HOW CAN WE FIX THIS? It is heart-breaking.

  5. Mathi Bear says:

    I love how people rush in to throw blame around. Lets look at things from a more real perspective: Kindergarten is when a lot of kids start school, so they are more accustomed to playing at home or daycare all day (slower pace). Along with that kindergarten is when a lot of kids stop taking afternoon naps. It is a big adjustment. Especially the first day when they go for 5-6 hours with a whole new (exciting) group of kisd to play with, no nap, probably too excited to eat/refuel at lunch and snack times. After a couple weeks they learn to pace themselves better.

    Personally I would think a school was terrible if kids came home full of energy and wanting to do a lot of things immediately. They should be doing activities and playing/socializing with other kids in school: this should make them tired. I suspect a number of posters here have no concept of how up-and-down kids are at this age. They play hard, they rest, they play hard some more, then they eat dinner take a bath and go to bed. In kindergarten tt has nothing to do with common core, the industrial revolution or chemtrails. Just kids being kids.

  6. Michele says:

    Many kids come to kindergarten totally unprepared. They may be prepared for the curriculum such as math, letters etc. Very few are prepared for what is know as the hidden curriculum. How to follow directions, play nicely with others, etc. Kindergarten teachers are the hardest working teachers I know. On top of trying to teach basic skills such as learning your name, not just what you are called by your parents, but your actual name that you will have to write at some point. They also have to teach social behaviors such as staying in your classroom or not throwing a fit because you are told “no”. Parents set their kids up for a rough time when they do not teach their children boundaries and limits. It’s a tough reality check. Ask a kindergarten teacher about what they experience the first few weeks of school. You’ll be shocked.

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