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Subject: Why government should stay out of Pre-K
Date Posted: 10/22/2008 10:43 PM ET
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Interesting article on HSLDA's site. http://www.hslda.org/docs/news/200809080.asp

Date Posted: 10/25/2008 9:26 PM ET
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I had read there was a push for mandatory preschool in some states. I think it was California. They had commercials with police telling parents if they want to keep their kids away from crime to send them to preschool. Then I read about the study. One they took children as young as 6 weeks from disadvantaged homes and put them in "preschool". One rule for the control group to see if there was a difference was that it was required that the child have one parent/guardian available at all times. Well duh!  There was more and surprising how angry I was at how it was twisted I don't remember much more then that.

 

Kathy

Date Posted: 10/27/2008 1:27 AM ET
Member Since: 9/22/2007
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another good website for preschool information is www.universalpreschool.com

It's maintained by Diane Flynn Keith and provides links to all the studies about the problems of preschool and support for keeping your kids out.



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Date Posted: 10/27/2008 10:38 AM ET
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Thanks for that link Rebecca. I liked the article opposing universal preschool. I guess as a homeschooler it wouldn't effect my family as much as someone sending their preschooler off to class, but it still smacks of gov't taking the care of the children out of the parents' hands. ugh, I hate gov't interference in things like this.

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 5:28 PM ET
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I am a right-wing conservative and oppose government controlled anything, but I would like to offer an opinion as a public Pre-school teacher. I teach at an inner city school where most kids qualify for PreK (as well as an entire host of programs and benefits, but that is anotehr discussion). The school has 650 K-5th grade students and 120 PreK students (6 classes, more than any other grade). These kids need this PreK program if they are going to succeed in school. I am very proud of what my students accomplish in the school year. They come in not knowing colors, shapes, have very little vocabulary and no social skills. They go into Kinder with social skills and color/shape knwledge as well as knowing all of their letters and letter sounds, can count to 100, recognize numbers, read basic sight words and are starting to decode simple cvc words. We are watching these succeed every year. These kids have parents in prison, young parents (one is 20 and has 3 kids), smoking parents, drugs in the house, moms that are prostitutes, parents who drink, cuss and have sex in front of the kids. Most have siblings (although not from the same father), and some are being raised by aunts, grandparents, whoever. We want these kids in the PreK classroom and out of their home environment, at least during the day. These are multi-generational welfare recipients and the only way to break the cycle (unless you end welfare; my solution/different discussion) is to educate these kids and start them young. These kids will be first generation high school graduates in a family that may brag about the government benefits they receive and discourage these kids from succeeding. Trust me, mandatory PreK for these kids is what is needed. I paid for PreK for my kids and these kids are receiving a top-notch PreK education for free.

I must brag that our team has a great reputation in the school district and have been told by specialists that we could "teach circles around any other preK teachers, public or private."

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 7:53 PM ET
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If all pre-k's were as good as yours maybe they would be a good idea for disadvantaged kids. But most/may are poorly funded with underqualified staff.  The goenrment's current push is to put all children in pre-k no matter what their homes are like, and that is not a good thing.