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Conservative dissent on early learning

Post by David Seago on Dec. 31, 2007 at 3:56 pm with No Comments »
December 31, 2007 3:56 pm

After I noted here Friday that the Dallas Morning News had panned Texas’ early learning initiative, John Barnes of the conservative Washington Policy Center e-mailed me with more of the same.


Liv Finne, an adjunct scholar at the center, has been reviewing universal preschool programs and similar initiatives and doesn’t like what she sees.


Here’s her take on universal preschool and all-day kindergarten. Here’s her lengthier assessment of the prospects of Washington’s early learning efforts.


The Washington Policy Center can be counted on to oppose any spendy new government program, but Finne’s concerns about public preschool programs displacing competent parental care – to the extent that they actually do that – are well-placed.


The best research available indicates there’s no institutional substitute for mom and dad or their equivalents – providing mom and dad are around, and aren’t addicts or dysfunctional in other ways. That doesn’t mean schooling won’t help little children, so long as it’s not cutting out their parents in the bargain.

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