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.
Early childhood, ages 0-5 is critically important in the development of a child. I don't believe that the government can achieve better outcomes than the parents/ grandparents/ or caregivers chosen by the parents.
I spent those years at home with my own children. I think parents do very well in realizing their intentions to create the best environment for their children to thrive in, but government? No, I don't believe they have the same incentive as parents do, because parents have the love incentive.
We were fanatic parents when our children were those ages. I am more convinced that genetics rule now. I tell the nicer young couples I know to have more children and worry about them less.
The fascination with early childhood intervention by government seems to be a disguised snobbery to me: those white trash and poor blacks don't know how to raise kids - they let 'em roam free, eating sugar and watching TV - it would be the highest kindness for us to have them be cared for by nice young women fresh out of education schools who will teach our values to them.
Assistant Village Idiot
Having been in on this "experiment" as a volunteer parent in row '60s in a school mixing various cultures and economic groups, I can only say that such expenditures on such projects do nothing, nada, zilch, zero to improve the lives of the children…but very much to improve the pocket books of those who dream up such interventions…perhaps some of those students who can't figure out what they want to do when they grow up (ever?) and mess around in EDUCATION.