A kindergarten ( listen ; from German [ˈkɪndɐˌɡaːɐ̯tn̩], which literally means "garden for the children") is a preschool educational approach traditionally based on playing, singing, practical activities such as drawing, and social interaction as part of the transition from home to school. The first such institutions were created in the late 18th century in Bavaria and Strasbourg to serve children whose parents both worked out of the home. The term was coined by the German Friedrich Fröbel, whose approach globally influenced early-years education. Today, the term is used in many countries to describe a variety of educational institutions and learning spaces for children ranging from two to seven years of age, based on a variety of teaching methods....LESS
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte's public school system is investigating allegations that a kindergarten teacher singled out a 5-year-old student for harassment because he's Muslim. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Wednesday that the teacher grabbed the student by the neck at one point and called him a "bad Muslim boy" multiple times over several weeks.