Wednesday, April 08, 2009
WHY WOULD NEBRASKA SNARE THE SANDBOX SET
IN THAT HORRENDOUS SPENDING SWAMP?
Here's a good article by commentator John Stossel, exposing the myths behind the left-wing push to provide government preschool for each and every child at taxpayer expense.
You can sure see Nebraska slipping slowly but surely into this new entitlement, with the Susie Buffett set-up grant, and various State Board of Education votes that are edging us toward "standards" for school-based, taxpayer-provided, pre-k programs for all.
It's bad enough that they're driving private-sector preschools out of business. On top of that, the universal preschool end-product is WORSE: the low-income kids that have gone to them (Head Start) don't do any better in school, there's not a shred of evidence that the middle- and high-income kids who WOULD go to them from now on would do any better, either -- more than likely, with the loss of competition, their preschool experiences would be far worse -- AND kids from these sorts of programs have been found to become overly aggressive, anxious, less-healthy "problem children" once they get into full-fledged school.
Ew! Ew! Ewwww! Let's all join the throng calling for the aerial overspraying of Prozac onto all preschools . . . just kidding.
The point is, if enough parents, taxpayers and policy leaders wake up to what a waste of time and money these Soviet-style government nurseries would be, maybe we can hopscotch around this one:
John Stossel, you are correct, as usual, sir! Susan, you are correct as usual, Madam! If pre-school schools are really vital, a dubious theory, then the states and federal government should give vouchers to low income families, or tax credits, so they can choose the best ones for their children.Post a Comment
Why should taxpayers pay for the grandchildren of Warren Buffet to go to pre-school? Why should pre-schools be run like our shamefully poor government K-12 schools, which are ranked 19th in the industrialized world by UNICEF?
Vouchers or tax credits would weed out the poor pre-schools, as people would vote with their dollars for excellence. Like they voted for Walmart over K-Mart and other businesses. Who in their right mind would want government supermarkets? Give ME a break!