Yes, yes, I’m still ecstatic over Palin. And I will talk more about her later. But I just stumbled across something quite interesting. I think it might be especially of interest to all you parents out there.
“Change we can believe in,” huh? How about universal preschool? Read this:
Fight crime… send your toddler to preschool! Such was the message brought to Washington last week by law enforcement personnel and universal pre-K advocates in hopes of bending Congress’ ear—and loosening its purse strings. Supporters like David Kass, president of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, pointed to a report released by the organization stating that boosting graduation rates through implementing government-funded pre-K will save $10 billion in annual crime costs as well as preventing 3,000 homicides and 175,000 aggravated assaults annually. In fact, so eager is Kass’s group for Uncle Sam to become Professor Sam that it would include “in-home parenting coaching” in its program.
Unfortunately, Kass has a ready ally in Barack Obama, whose “Zero to Five” plan would farm even infants off to government-run schoolhouses—at a cost of $10 billion per year.
Obvious—and compelling—arguments that parents are a child’s best teachers aside, data show that preschool is not universally beneficial and may actually be harmful to children. According to James Heckman, a University of Chicago Nobel laureate in economics, “[T]he solid evidence for the effectiveness of early interventions is limited to those conducted on disadvantaged populations.”
In fact, as noted in a recent Wall Street Journal column, while preschool attendance has skyrocketed from 16 percent to almost 70 percent in the last 50 years, fourth-grade reading, science and math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) have remained nearly unchanged since the early 1970s.
But what matter the facts when a federal entitlement is involved? Unfortunately, not much to those who want Washington to whisk away toddlers from their parents for the imagined utilitarian good of the greater society. (courtesy of patriotpost.com)
Yes, you read that correctly. Yet another ridiculous Obama-supported program, designed to cut the ties between parents and their young (impressionable) infants and children for…what exactly? To reduce the risk of crime some 18 years later. Of course we all want to reduce crime rates, but paying tax dollars for yet another govt. program to take over for parents themselves is scary and a long-shot. What is “in-home parenting coaching” anyway? “Government-run schoolhouses?” Is anyone else disturbed by this? I mean, are we going to need some governmental program to help us in the bathroom next? (I put that quite politely, by the way.) Remember all my harping over unnecessary govt. intrusion? How exactly would universal pre-school keep kids from dropping out of high school, one of the greatest predictors of violent crime, poverty and drug abuse?
Please don’t misunderstand. I’m not judging preschool. It’s great for kids to get that extra care and attention, especially if they’re not getting it at home. But the truth is that we already have good preschool opportunities for children in this country. To make it mandatory and to have tax dollars pay for it is simply wrong. And it all sounds rather totalitarianistic to me. (I’m sorry, but are we the USA or China?)
Just a little heads-up for those of us who would like to keep this kind of change out of our country and our homes.
On the Too Good page: NOW’s hypocrisy and Sarah Palin. She’s just “the wrong kind of woman.”