Lindy’s Blog: Where Mom is Always Right

August 31, 2008

Obama’s Zero to Five: I want your children

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.”         

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7 Comments »

  1. well I am impressed. Are you conservative?

    Comment by jim — August 31, 2008 @ 3:24 pm |Reply

  2. I think the problem is the emphasis on pre-school, and that you should set your sites on the fact that this is a program Obama is pushing, a 10 billion dollar pork project. For someone pushing change, he sure likes keeping it “business as usual” in Washington.

    Good Catch!

    Comment by clancop — August 31, 2008 @ 3:41 pm |Reply

  3. Obama’s answer to all his perceived problems with America is to..

    1-CREATE a government program for what HE thinks we need….
    2-FUND it with our hard earned dollars through more taxes….
    3-then have the audacity to MAKE IT MANDITORY….because the government knows better than the people what we need…

    This is the “hope and change” he is planning on giving us.

    Open your wallets wide if he is elected….

    Comment by trish — September 1, 2008 @ 9:31 pm |Reply

  4. Thank you so much for posting this!! This scares the crap out of me! I have a 10 month old, and if Obama is elected president for the next 4years I am scared what is going to happen to my son!!! I have a 5 year old as well and I never sent him to pre-school because personally for us my husband and I did not feel that it was something that we agreed with. I feel that I have the best knowledge and morals to teach my son pre-school at home. Every day we do some school, he knows numbers, colors, letters and his shapes. He knows more with me teaching him at home then one of our old neighbors sons did going to preschool!!! I know that my son will be ready for kindergarten next year and I know that whether I sent him to preschool outside the house or whether I taught him here, is not going to decide whether he is going to be a criminal or not. The only people that this program will benefit is the poor people, because face it, they are normally the ones that have these issues, they are not there for their children. What solves the crime issues and school issues is the parents, if parents are acvtively involved in their childrens lives, alot of these problems would not exist. Why do people have children if they do not and will not take an active role in their lives?? Otherwise do not have children. Again thank you for this article, I am a McCain and Palin supporter and I feel that this country needs their leadership and fresh approach to less government and more personal responsibility. I think that people need to think before voting for Obama and really think about the affects that his radical and liberal ideas will have on this country and our children!!

    Comment by Kristen — October 4, 2008 @ 11:43 am |Reply

  5. I don’t have an opinion either way on this particular policy, but I should point out the actual text from Obama’s policy plan reads:

    Obama and Biden will create Early Learning Challenge Grants to promote state “zero to five” efforts and help states move toward voluntary, universal pre-school.

    Note the word “voluntary”. It just means universal availability. This is different, than say, MA health care which does “force” universal insurance coverage.

    Comment by Jason Dyer — December 2, 2008 @ 1:11 pm |Reply

  6. I guess my problem is that it’s yet another unnecessary government program that uses my tax dollars to pay for it.

    I stay home to raise my children. We sacrifice somewhere to be able to do this. Why should we have to pay for others’ daycare? I fully realize that for single mothers, and some families, working is a necessity. But we already have programs in place to help these people.

    And this of course all rests upon the supposition that preschool (and daycare, starting from birth) is beneficial for children. I don’t aggree with that premise, nor has any study concluded that it is beneficial.

    Comment by lindyborer — December 2, 2008 @ 4:05 pm |Reply

  7. Not everyone can afford childcare. I work in an area with many at-risk families and children. They are receiving almost zero pre-instruction for kindergarten. There is little debate about the importnace of early childhood education. The recognition Obama is making here is comparable to the Headstart implementation decades ago. This is very important and he has my full and complete support. If we lived in a utopian society where everyone everywhere cared about their children’s education, this would not be an issue. Alas, this is a very needed solution to a growing problem.

    Comment by abby — January 13, 2009 @ 1:27 pm |Reply


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