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.
This has been pretty much exposed here as collusion between the Governor and the teacher's unions as a method to take over the child care industry and unionize it. The main result will be it will give the teacher's union even more power in the legislature.
Pre-K Can Work - Needy kids could benefit, but only if we use proven pedagogy and hold programs accountable.
And Head Start might have worked if it hadn't morphed into Jobs for the Boys/Gals, which in effect used the vocabulary-deficient mothers of the Head Start children to enrich the vocabulary of the Head Start Children. By analogy, we should staff the Physics Departments of our universities by randomly calling numbers in the phone directory.And we wonder why for all the billions of dollars invested in Head Start over a half century, why it didn't work.
The gross ineffectiveness of Head Start is a very good reason why we should be very skeptical of Pre-K programs- especially Pre-K programs done on a massive scale.
The government wants to push Pre-K because it's a way to control the damage from destroying poor families by doing their best to get rid of standard morality, marriage before pregnancy, etc.
But nothing can fix that damage - so it will fail. Teaching people to stop having kids until they get married and refusing to pay for people when they do that is offensive to them. We don't need more teachers in schools - we need more kids with 2 parents and a few cops to deal with the troublemakers.
Head Start, in my experience, starts starts teaching the children how to sit still and listen to their teacher, to pay attention to presentations on boards, and introduces them to the alphabet, counting, the calendar. They also get exposed to lining up and waiting their turn. How this helps is that the kindergarten teacher has students that set an example when the school year starts.
Really!!! $8 billion a year so that kindergartent teachers have a few students who know how to stand in line. That's it? That's all we get from our $8 billion a year? Head start is a total failure. I would embrace it if the children knew how to read after a year in head start. For that matter Kindergarten is a failure. They spend most of their time drawing with crayons and very few who graduate from kindergarten know how to read. Our schools actully were more successful before kindergarten. Let's be honest, the sole purpose of kindergarten and head start is to provide jobs for the favored groups and to satisfy special interest groups.