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.
Around here, if your child doesn't get into the right preschool, they won't get into the right private elementary school, which means they won't get into the right prep school, which means they won't get into Harvard. Their entire life will be determined by which one of the Ivy preschools they go to.
You need to move out West. The East Coast is so strange...when I lived out there, everyone wanted to put their kids in private schools, spent loads of money, even those in top-performing public school districts. Even the summer breaks were organized things...sports camps, academic camps, music camps. The kids never get a break out there.
In the West, most put theirs kids in public schools...or in private schools for religious reasons. Sure, some put their kids in private schools for the same reasons you are talking about, but the system is MUCH smaller and most people don't care either way.
Youngest never went to pre-school. Didn't want to learn anything from me. So when he was 4, he stayed home and played...with toys, video games, watched tv. I really didn't have anything organized going on at home as I was working from home at the time, and he was well-behaved enough that I did not need to supervise.
Flash forward to kindergarten. They did assessment tests before school started. My youngest placed in the 'low' group...kids with the least skills. He barely knew the alphabet, could write one letter - the first letter of his middle name, could read nothing. I was fine with it. He would learn at his own pace.
Six weeks into kindergarten the kid had taught himself to read. Yes, taught himself. He had learned the basics of phonics...not even the whole alphabet and just figured out the rest for himself. His teacher was shocked. She had no idea.
Kids learn all on their own. You just need to present them with opportunities. The most I did for my kids was read to them every day and talk to them. Pre-school is unnecessary. The kid may learn the alphabet and how to write his name, but that's about it.
Better to let them be kids and not put so much focus on academics too early.
Preschool is a gift to the union teachers & staff (and non-union) and a gift to the voters who want free stuff. In return they are expected to vote for the "free stuff party". It isn't about the children or education and never was. So the study is totally wrong! It is fulfilling it's (true) mandate 110%. It is a success story... well, unless you pay taxes.
Assistant Village Idiot
"Nothing wrong with it". There most certainly is. It's parents who should be raising their children, teaching them the importance of family through word and experience, and developing their social cues from engagements with loving adults and siblings.
That's what best develops integrity, courage, confidence, loyalty and honor.
Slave? What's this slave bit? If you don't want to spend the first five years helping your child form a moral, intellectual base, then don't have a child. Helping a baby's mind develop, watching the changes, is the most rewarding job one can undertake. And it truly doesn't last very long all things considered.
So, advocate Heckman argues that the low performance is due to parents dropping out. It's hard to believe that kids doing well are statistically more likely to be pulled out by their parents, far more likely it's the kids NOT doing well that will leave. With them in place, the performance would even be worse.