Common Core for Kindergarten in particular gets my goat as I have a 5 year old who should be starting K this fall. In NYS however, education is not compulsory until age 6 / 1st grade so we’re opting out of kindergarten. Will my son have his ‘Core Knowledge’ to be ready for first grade? Perhaps not, but he’ll have something better–his childhood! He’ll play and discover. He’ll be curious and creative. He’ll be a good human being, a caring and loving individual. We’re not sacrificing anything by keeping him home.