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Why We Donít Need Universal Preschool
Heritage Foundation ^ | 3/15/2013 | Amy Payne

Posted on 03/15/2013 5:39:04 AM PDT by IbJensen

In his State of the Union address, President Obama said he wanted to “make high-quality preschool available to every child in America” and “make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind.”

So Heritage experts took a look at the President’s plan to see if it would actually help America’s needy children get ahead in the “race of life.”

Another government-controlled, top-down, one-size-fits-all program—what could go wrong?

Look at the government’s record. As Heritage’s Lindsey Burke, the Will Skillman Fellow in Education, and research associate Rachel Sheffield point out in their new paper, “Washington already has a poor track record for K–12 education, with federal spending nearly tripling over the past three decades while academic achievement and attainment languishes.”

Look at the government preschool we already have. There are already 45 government preschool programs run by numerous federal agencies, including the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, the Interior, and Housing and Urban Development. Burke and Sheffield note that these 45 programs “are estimated to cost taxpayers more than $20 billion annually. Many are duplicative and ineffective, failing to serve the needs of children from low-income families.”

Head Start, of course, has already shown us the ways government preschool can fail American children:

After nearly 50 years of operation, the federal Head Start program has failed to improve the educational outcomes and kindergarten readiness of participating children. Head Start should be eliminated, or at the very least it should be reformed, to allow states the flexibility to make their Head Start funds portable, allowing families to use their dollars to send their children to a private preschool of their choice.

The President’s new proposal wouldn’t help low-income children. Low-income families already have access to taxpayer-funded preschool through state programs and Head Start (which, if it continues to be funded, should be reformed to serve them better). President Obama’s proposal would subsidize middle-income and upper-income families—with no new benefit to low-income parents.

Three-quarters of four-year-olds are already in preschool. Many parents prefer to care for their young children at home. But for those who want preschool programs, there are a variety of programs available. There is no public demand for new, large-scale government spending in this area. Burke and Sheffield report that “An estimated 74 percent of four-year-old children are enrolled in preschool, public and private, across the country.”

Look at the academic evidence. Do these formal preschool programs really help kids in their academic careers? Our authors write: “Evaluations of preschool programs consistently find that any gains children make as a result of preschool quickly fade away in their early elementary years.” The Obama administration turns to a 50-year-old evaluation of a high-intervention preschool program with 58 at-risk children to make his case for taxpayer-funded, universal preschool. That means President Obama is making what researcher Russ Whitehurst calls “a prodigious leap of faith.” The outcomes of that program, known as the Perry Preschool Project, have never been replicated.

It is far more likely that the President’s proposal will produce outcomes akin to Head Start, which, according to the scientifically rigorous evaluations conducted by Health and Human Services, are abysmal.

Everyone wants children to have the best start in life. Large-scale government preschool programs are not the way to ensure that happens.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: evilobamaregime; indoctrination; morecommunism; preschool; universalpreschool; whitehutscum
Americans need nothing that this soulless, gutless phony advances! Beware of anything he and his 'henchpeople' propose as it is designed to hammer another nail in our coffins!
1 posted on 03/15/2013 5:39:05 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

IMHO gutless phony barely scratches the surface so thanks for your reasoned and polite approach. /s


2 posted on 03/15/2013 5:49:54 AM PDT by wita
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To: IbJensen

What these programs actually offer kids is a safe, regular, clean, structured environment to get them out of the extreme chaos that is their home life. These kids’ “homes” are sleeping on a different floor every night, loud nasty rap music, occasional food items, not real meals, cursing and fighting, beating, trash, filth, drinking and drugging. A preschool and a regular schedule is a lifeline.


3 posted on 03/15/2013 5:50:19 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

kids is a safe, regular, clean, structured environment to get them out of the extreme chaos that is their home life. These kids’ “homes” are sleeping on a different floor every night, loud nasty rap music, occasional food items, not real meals, cursing and fighting, beating, trash, filth, drinking and drugging. A preschool and a regular schedule is a lifeline.
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Kids in this situaion need to be placed in orphanages, civilized and trained to be useful citizens. Not left in tragic, uncared-for dysregulated situations.


4 posted on 03/15/2013 5:55:23 AM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Chickensoup

Yes, some families aren’t worth preserving. But, the kids want to be with their “parents” in many cases. It is a horrible situation. When the kids are removed it is not pretty, they are screaming and crying and so are their parents, it is done by force. It is ugly.


5 posted on 03/15/2013 6:00:10 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: IbJensen

WE don’t but THEY do.

The longer the bastards in the “Educational” Establishment have the young minds under their control, the better they can brainwash them into thinking Marxist subversives like the monster in the White House, are the right choice in elections.


6 posted on 03/15/2013 6:03:57 AM PDT by ZULU (See: http://gatesofvienna.net/)
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To: yldstrk
These kids’ “homes” are sleeping on a different floor every night, loud nasty rap music, occasional food items, not real meals, cursing and fighting, beating, trash, filth, drinking and drugging. A preschool and a regular schedule is a lifeline.

And they bring those learned cultural behaviors into the school and pollute the efforts of the few families left who are trying to properly raise their kids. No thanks.

7 posted on 03/15/2013 6:04:31 AM PDT by Archie Bunker on steroids (The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10))
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To: Archie Bunker on steroids

you are exhibiting your me only mindset


8 posted on 03/15/2013 6:09:59 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: IbJensen
Everyone wants children to have the best start in life.

Maybe, but they don't want that very much. For example, they don't want it enough even to express disapproval of promiscuous sex, let alone take action to discourage this behavior.

They don't want it enough to use the educational systems currently in existence to teach reading and math in ways that are proven effective.

Maybe it would be more accurate to say, "Everyone wishes children could have the best start in life without in any way requiring adults to move beyond the toddler-level value of 'I want what I want when I want it.' "

9 posted on 03/15/2013 6:19:36 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Another Catholic Pope! It must be some kind of conspiracy!" ~Homer_J_Simpson)
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To: IbJensen
“Universal Pre-school” has been one of the far lefts dreams for years, I remember hearing about it on NPR back in the Clinton years. They want it for three reasons, first of all the extra union teachers and support staff it would require, not to mention more government money. Second is getting more women out into the workforce (they consider being a stay at home mom akin to slavery). Lastly, is to indoctrinate children at age 3 and 4 before their parents have had a chance to instill those “horrible” conservative and religious values. The plan is to get the the framework set up nationwide as a voluntary option to give children a head start. Then the next step is to make it compulsory, after all, the argument will go, we have this wonderful system of preschools all set up, all you have to do is send your child, and WHO wouldn't want there child to get a head start? (This is just one prong in the agenda, they also have talked about extending the school day, doing away with summer breaks and even making two years of post high school education compulsory.)
10 posted on 03/15/2013 6:24:04 AM PDT by apillar
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To: yldstrk

I don’t think kids who are being raised to be calm, polite, little citizens need to be exposed to those who have been raised to think obscene and violent language and actions are normal. When my daughter was in elementary school, she was embarassed on the school bus by another little girl who got on top of her and started humping her. She didn’t even know what was going on when the older kids made fun of her from then on out. But that’s what the child had observed in her “home.”


11 posted on 03/15/2013 6:31:09 AM PDT by Help!
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To: Tax-chick
Whatever 'they' want we can be certain it's evil and for no benefit whatsoever excepting to further enlarge the central socialist government.

Any individual or group that espouses homosexual and lesbian weddings, transgendered bathrooms, and sessions in the lower grades that cover (almost everything about) the glories of homosexuality has no business running this country.

They want to get their filthy hands on our children and grandchildren as early as possible. Deny them this vehemently.

12 posted on 03/15/2013 6:32:43 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen

Good summary.


13 posted on 03/15/2013 6:35:10 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Another Catholic Pope! It must be some kind of conspiracy!" ~Homer_J_Simpson)
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To: yldstrk; Archie Bunker on steroids

And you, Yardbird, are exhibiting your one-track mindset, albeit in incorrect grammar.

Archie’s comments were on target and are in step with most of us who contribute to and use this website.


14 posted on 03/15/2013 6:39:21 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen
The real "Head Start" agenda:


15 posted on 03/15/2013 6:40:07 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: yldstrk

RE: #3:

So. In order to save those who are disadvantaged by having utterly worthless parents, you endorse forcing those who come from caring households to waste another year of their young lives exposed to hopeless cases.

Give them breakfast, lunch and, yes, even dinner.

How about yanking them out of their dysfunctional homes, sterilizing their parents and placing them in orphanages?

It makes just as much sense as creating another federally edicted year of schooling .

It becomes clear as to which side of the line you stand.


16 posted on 03/15/2013 6:47:39 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen

My kids go to private school and there is the home school option.

But you with your attitude are protecting the fortunate from the unfortunate and condemning the unfortunate to floundering in their mess. Weren’t you the one that recently pointed out to me that Jesus ate with tax collectors and prostitutes? Is it correct to simply condemn the unfortunate as hopeless?

Actually, my recommendation is to make urban areas very business friendly so that anyone who wants a job can find one and thereby bring hope back into the equation. You realize, of course, that a lot of these awful problems are exacerbated by a devastated economy.


17 posted on 03/15/2013 6:52:58 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Help!

what were you thinking having her on the school bus


18 posted on 03/15/2013 7:00:12 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: IbJensen

my name is not yardbird, you are hilarious, it spells “Wildstreak” and no, not ungrammatical, I am an English major. ding dong anybody home?


19 posted on 03/15/2013 7:02:49 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: apillar

well don’t send your children then, you have options.


20 posted on 03/15/2013 7:03:15 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

I smell a socialist.


21 posted on 03/15/2013 7:09:45 AM PDT by impimp
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To: yldstrk

Yes, smartarse (much better than Yardbird). I’m not an English major, but I am a PhD.

So there.


22 posted on 03/15/2013 7:18:20 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen

jump back! whoa there! PhD!


23 posted on 03/15/2013 7:19:00 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk
Weren’t you the one that recently pointed out to me that Jesus ate with tax collectors and prostitutes?

No.

24 posted on 03/15/2013 7:20:35 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: impimp

Wrong, the heavenly aroma you detect is an orthodox Catholic, never a socialist. I do have compassion for the misled and uneducated like this poor Kiki kid. Do you really think any kid, upon realizing his parents are worthless dregs, is pleased with that knowledge?


25 posted on 03/15/2013 7:21:36 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: IbJensen

oh ok


26 posted on 03/15/2013 7:22:54 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

Anyone who advocates for state-sponsored universal childcare is a socialist.


27 posted on 03/15/2013 7:40:29 AM PDT by impimp
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To: impimp
Anyone who advocates for state-sponsored universal childcare schooling is a socialist.

Yup.

28 posted on 03/15/2013 7:46:05 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: yldstrk

kids want to be with their “parents” in many cases. It is a horrible situation. When the kids are removed it is not pretty, they are screaming and crying and so are their parents, it is done by force. It is ugly.
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Kids want to be with their abusers too. but doesnt mean they should. Parents who dont parent are abusers and neglectful.


29 posted on 03/15/2013 7:48:05 AM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: IbJensen

Hilter did the same thing in Germany, even creating babies on the assembly line, and indoctrinating each to be a good Nazi ready to die for the Fatherland.


30 posted on 03/15/2013 7:49:21 AM PDT by mohresearcher
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To: Chickensoup; yldstrk

Kids in this situaion need to be placed in orphanages....

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Agreed!


31 posted on 03/15/2013 7:49:34 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: apillar
“Universal Pre-school” has been one of the far lefts dreams for years, I remember hearing about it on NPR back in the Clinton years.

The goal is birth through age 22. Every last escape route must be closed.

This is why the Left constantly pushes for "free" college, pre-school and daycare.

They want it all. And parents have complied. Overwhelmingly.

32 posted on 03/15/2013 7:49:57 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: yldstrk

Of course, they want to be with their parents — no matter how abusive the parents are — so, yes, they will cry and scream. But sometimes we must do things for children for their own good.


33 posted on 03/15/2013 7:51:17 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: yldstrk

State-sponsored childcare “crowds out” private child care, such as church-based childcare. When government power goes up, the influence of religion goes down.


34 posted on 03/15/2013 7:51:59 AM PDT by impimp
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To: apillar

You’ve summed it up brilliantly, apillar. When I was a kid, kindergarten was optional. That changed to mandatory and became a half day. That changed to mandatory full day. I said then that pre-school would become mandatory... half day at first until it is a full day. After that, nursery school will come next.

I will say this and I don’t care if I get flamed or not. I am sick and tired of more social programs for “the children”. Everything is for the children. Take guns away FOR THE CHILDREN, more welfare FOR THE CHILDREN, more WIC, free housing, school supplies FOR THE CHILDREN. It is such bull. It has nothing to do “for the children” at all... it is simply a way to control. If a parent(s) of limited income really wanted to help their child.. it’s easy. It is called getting off your butt and doing it yourself. How hard is it to teach colors, numbers, how to write your name. It would take less than a half an hour a day but no... we need big government, teacher unions and another person (i.e. us) paying for it.

Do I feel sorry for little kids born to rotten parents? Of course I do. However, the government wants all kids.. not just the “poor” ones. They want them all indoctrinated.. not just the poor ones.


35 posted on 03/15/2013 7:53:30 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: yldstrk
my name is not yardbird, you are hilarious, it spells “Wildstreak” and no, not ungrammatical, I am an English major. ding dong anybody home?

HA, HA, HA! I don't care who you are. That's funny.

(From a guy with a master's in English ;-) )

36 posted on 03/15/2013 7:55:38 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: apillar

Then the next step is to make it compulsory....

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Bingo! Yes, you are right. They want control of the children so that they can indoctrinate them.

You are right in all that you say except your reference to the time frame. I remember attending a talk in the 1970s — long before I ever had the misfortune to lay eyes upon Bill Clinton — which was part of a gathering of educators focused on preschool education.

I left long before it was over but not before I heard some ninny on the stage gushing on about the goal of getting the little ones at birth. She was quite serious. It was frightening.


37 posted on 03/15/2013 7:57:36 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: yldstrk

I am an English major

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So you are still in school and on a learner’s permit for punctuation usage?


38 posted on 03/15/2013 8:03:14 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: IbJensen

My daughter is almost 4. I realize when I take her out in public that she’s one of the biggest kids I see around any more. It makes me sad. She learns so much from me.


39 posted on 03/15/2013 8:05:17 AM PDT by JenB
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To: Tax-chick
Everyone wants children to have the best start in life.

I want my kids to have the best finish in life. I once looked at counties with the earliest mandatory child education. Those countries also had the highest teen suicide rates.

40 posted on 03/15/2013 9:59:44 AM PDT by aimhigh ( Guns do not kill people. Abortion kills people.)
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To: Bigg Red

no I grajiated many moons ago and am on the downhill slide


41 posted on 03/15/2013 3:16:51 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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