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.
I used to read theChristian Science Monitor regularly. It was a good, relatively balanced, source of information. In the last few years, it has become a more-or-less mainstream piece of garbage. It regularly runs articles pushing the liberal agenda, without questioning or even analyzing the information presented. As another bullhorn for Progressive policy, CSM has simply joined an echo chamber. It may be a popular way to make a buck in the media industry, but it's not good journalism.
Which is why, when I read this piece, I began to question whether it's worth reading any more at all. The article implies the U.S. is somehow failing its children since, as a nation, we lag the rest of the developed world in providing pre-school education.
My parents divorced the year I entered kindergarten, aged 6. I had an older brother who was a year ahead of me, and 2 sisters who were younger. For the next 3 years, she was a single mother raising 4 kids and holding down a regular job. We all went to Catholic school. When my mother remarried, my youngest sister was just starting kindergarten. None of us had pre-school
Despite the lack of pre-school, we were all high performers in school and all of us got a college degree, while two of us continued into post-grad work. Maybe we were genetically predisposed to do well. I doubt pre-school would have helped, though we will never know for sure.
An early start to education is useful, but it is not necessary and does not guarantee performance. It's my guess higher performance later in life has to do more with factors such as the involvement and care of parents in their children's lives, as well as the relative success that allows many families to send their kids to pre-school. You can't replace a caring parent and loving family with a (hopefully) good teacher and assume that will yield great students. But that's the story you'll get from Bill de Blasio, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton (as well as a few Republicans). The OECD and CSM will push that agenda, too.
All of the long term studies I have seen show that within a few years all of the gains (plus some) made by children who had a benefit from pre-school are lost. It looks like you can give children a little push but they lose any benefit in the future.
Any stick to beat the Americans and their schools, it seems. We fall behind the South Koreans because they are so rigorous, and behind the Finns because they are so relaxed. Well, which is it, then?
It's mostly genetics, but insofar as it's schools we do fine. Caucasians in aAmerica outscore other Caucasians; blacks in America outscore all Africans and Caribbeans; Hispanics here outscore any Hispanic country; Asian americans outscore all Asians (okay, except Shanghai - special case).
It may be the culture, not the schools, as Pre-K does not show any lasting effect.
Assistant Village Idiot
Preschool is so the brain washing indoctrination can start a few years sooner.
I should also say torture because sitting still for 4 hours is just that for some 3-4 yr olds. It's not necessary and probably detrimental for development, esp boys. Good way to enforce and solidify dependency.
Grew up in the 50's. Our pre-schooling was in the kitchens and yards of all the families on the block with children (older and younger). You learned to get along and do all the socializing necessary to go to K under the always watchful eye of somebody's Mom.