Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Pay Now or Pay Later

That's the governments take on why we need preschool for all children. According to a report by Success at 6,
A high school dropout costs society $243,000 to $388,000 and a career criminal costs $1.3 million to $1.5 million, according to the report. The cost of providing a child with quality early education is $20,000-$30,000, the report claims.
And just what should we pay for?
[r]egular home visits to support parents, coupled with "carefully designed preschool experiences staffed by trained professionals."
How is it that the most technologically advanced nation on the face of the earth needs "trained professionals" to parent their children or else face a society of drop outs and criminals? Parents in centuries past managed to do quite well without trained professionals. And with all the hoopla over illegal government wiretaps it's amazing that living in an urban area and having a child is enough to give the government permission to pay a "visit".

Other than the state, the only other group that stands to gain anything with universal preschool are the teachers unions. If universal preschool becomes an entitltement the teachers union will have a new places to mine for members. This isn't about the children, it's about union preservation.

Motherhood is God's plan for universal preschool. Anything else is just a cheap imitation.

The San Francisco Chronicle has an article on the pros and cons of Prop 82 in California and universal preschool or "standardized pre-kindergarten, as some like to call it.

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