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As parents, we are often reminded of the importance of getting infants going on their educational track pretty much as soon as they exit the womb.
As our Scott Lewis notes in a new essay, for some parents, no matter how well they prepare, kindergarten can be a shock. It’s not just a matter of privilege — though that matters. Even the most well-resourced families may struggle with new Common Core standards and the jarring switch from few students per teacher to more than 20.
Lewis puts a face on the problem: an East County mom who thought her preschooled son was appropriately prepared for entering the public school system, but was shocked by the kindergarten transition.
As a parent of young kids myself, reading about what a slap in the face kindergarten can be is terrifying, but also serves as a good reminder that I’m not nuts to be obsessing about my kids’ education and going on school tours even though one of them is still in diapers.
Lewis’ piece is also running in San Diego Magazine this week.
From the creation of tricky food-getting challenges for meerkats to the nest-making assistance provided to resident birds, the U-T weaved together a collection of behind-the-scenes moments from a day at the San Diego Zoo.
The piece captures cool little snapshots, like this bit of elephant insight from nutritional services assistant Allison Kaastra.
“Today I’m delivering 40 pounds of raisins to the elephants,” Kaastra tells the U-T. “Elephants will do anything for a handful of raisins. You’d think it would be something bigger, like prunes or something. But it’s raisins.”
For those who didn’t attend Comic-Con International but wished they did, here are three quick stories that help paint a picture of what went down at the massive pop-culture event over the past few days.
Yup, virtual and augmented reality are still a thing. Expect more of these sort of games and apps from the television, film and gaming industry in years to come. (CNBC)
Here’s a handy list of all the best trailers of upcoming movies and TV shows featured at Comic-Con this year. (The Next Web)
Comic-Con’s cosplayers are the best. I could look at photo galleries of them all day long. (DiscoverSD)
• The annual zombie walk in San Diego has risen from the dead. Two years after a hit-and-run crash put an end to the “Zombie Walk” during Comic-Con, it came back in full-force this year. (NBC 7 San Diego)
• Once shunned as an unpopular “toilet to tap” proposal to turn wastewater into drinkable water, the city’s approximately $2.9 billion water recycling system is underway, and the U-T reports that thanks to some recent changes in the project, the first phase of it will likely be up and running sooner than originally proposed.
• Post-prisoner realignment in California, preliminary data shows that people serving sentences for nonviolent felonies in San Diego Diego County recommit crimes less frequently than those who serve in state prison for similar crimes. The Los Angeles Times talks to folks who say the low recidivism rate for those serving locally is likely tied to the rehabilitative programming they received while incarcerated.
• Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s May visit to San Diego and the protests the it attracted ended up costing local governments about $460,000, the U-T calculated.
• This is exactly what my Chewbacca costume would actually look like if I tried to emulate a cool DIY project from Pinterest.
• If you haven’t already joined the rest of San Diego and the world in binge-watching the new Netflix original “Stranger Things,” you are in the minority.
• My husband and his buddy scoped out the late-night Pokémon GO scene in Balboa Park Saturday night and it is just as crowded and chaotic as you’ve heard.