We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Pre-school" is a fancy word for group babysitting. If government provides it, though, it is union jobs. Suddenly, babysitters are converted into "educators." That means union dues, and votes.
Mrs. B. and I are also "experts in pre-school education." We spent enough years providing it, for free, to our clan. It worked out just fine. We have nothing against group baby-sitting, which is fine too.
My son did not attend pre-school when he was 4. He just stayed home with me. I did really nothing with him, except let him play, read to him, etc. In fact, even though I tried, he refused to write any letters at all...and only reluctantly write down the first letter of his name when I pushed him to. He entered kindergarten in the 'low' skill class...i.e. knew very little about writing or letters...and after 6 weeks in kindergarten class, had taught himself how to read!
Pre-school is unnecessary and actually presses educational concepts on kids who are not ready to sit still and learn them. Trust me, all kids are built to read! They figure it out at 5 or 6 with little effort on the part of the teacher (unless there are learning disabilities). You get so little advantage with learning to read early, and yet we spend all of this effort on it, like that will change things. LOL.
I too had the best baby sitters in the early years--grandparents. It was war time and mom was working. I was reading from the local newspaper by age 6--didn't understand--but could read the words.
In order to get into kindergarten all the little applicants and their adults met in the large room. All our jackets, mittens, boots were thrown into one big pile in the middle of the room. If we could find our own and put them on you were ready for kindergarten!
NOW HOWEVER, we are dealing with a population base that is much different. These are babies with drug addict mothers with no sense of parenting. They have already out bred us and now they are attempting to take over our system of government by denouncing our cultural and moral ethics. We will have to care for these people as long as they live--best to try to get their babies into a better condition before it is too late to make a difference. IT DOES NOT have to mean that the 'teachers' will be women of no skill baby sitters from the same neighborhood. It COULD be that we DEMAND the teachers in these community schools be college graduates working off their school loans! AND, most importantly I do not believe these should be mandatory, unless your mother has drug or alcohol problems, or problems of abuse, or cannot speak english in those cases these babies should be required to attend the pre-school centers. What could we loose?