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Letter to the editor:

Why wait to give up control of kids?

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Gail Collins writes of “The state of the 4-year-olds” and the promise of the president to rectify the federal government’s failure to provide access to early education.

This is certainly welcome news for parents who work out of the home to make ends meet. Each year we try to raise our standard of living with bigger houses, nicer cars, more eating out in restaurants and better electronic gadgetry. We naturally all have to work more, and it’s no wonder many working parents will cheer along with Collins at the federal government’s largesse.

But here’s my thought: Why wait until the child is 4 years old? Let’s let the government raise them entirely and save that valuable child-rearing time for worthwhile things — such as working to get more stuff. Wouldn’t a child raised by a dedicated professional government worker do better in life than if raised by untrained parents?

Instead of the government subsidizing child rearing, let’s just cut out the middle man, as it were, and let the pros take care of it all.

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  1. Plato is alive and well, it seems. But I'm reasonably confident that the author of this letter is not serious.

    How about we solve the real problem and get back to an economy that requires only one parent to work in order to provide a decent living for a family of four? (And give people an education that enables them to know how many children they can comfortably support without becoming a burden on society and the desire to adhere to that.)

  2. Please read my comment to the other letter of today. Many of us know why our education system is struggling and most of the reasons have little to do with funding. Boftx touches on part of the problem, but our whole society IS the real problem. Until we address that, education will struggle no matter how much money we provide.

    Teachers should be paid more. We should have fewer non teaching personnel who are paid less and increased funding in some areas is necessary, but until society changes, don't expect to see much improvement.

    Michael

  3. I am not a proponent for pre-school for all, especially at government expense. It works well for some not others. 12 years is enough, and some would say too much, for many students. Another year added on at the start would be worse. Children excel academically when their parents/guardians supervise them to do so. Pre-school is a moot issue. Think Headstart.

    CarmineD

  4. When I was a toddler, kindergarden was a norm. At 4, I went half day, afternoons, for one semester, then half day, mornings, for another, At age 5, I went full time. That experience introduced me to having my ties somewhat severed from my mother and family and how to behave in a social setting - something sorely missed in today's society. I could read the newspaper at that early age and I have to say, it helped greatly in my future schooling. Now, if today's public school system actually did something besides making kids "feel-good-about-themselves," I'd be for doing the same for today's toddlers. But, unfortunately, the public school system has become more of a baby-sitting organization for toddlers than a center of learning and fails miserably in the role it is supposed to play. Even the U.S. government has found that programs such as "Head Start" do not do what they were intended to do and are essentially a waste of taxpayer resources. Pity.

  5. Jerry,

    "the public school system has become more of a baby-sitting organization for toddlers than a center of learning"

    And there are a bunch of those toddlers in Congress.

  6. I started school at age 4 in France post WWII, the age required in French education. Honestly I don't remember if that was good or bad but it occurs to me that the primary benefit of early education is socialization. I do recall roaming the neighborhoods, both in Paris and in the burbs, with a gang of kids bent on having fun. I think that our contemporary environment, especially in cities and suburbs, works to isolate kids from each other.

  7. Child development, going through all the stages is key. But how many young mothers and fathers educate themselves on the subject? Preschool aids in the socialization process, which includes dealing with separation syndrome of parent and child. Preschool also supports toilet training to a routine/schedule, good hygiene habits, and ettiquette. Preschool students "explore" as an integral part of their learning time. When parents deliver or pick up their child, or stay for mandatory "volunteer" time, that is called "parental engagement".

    All of this supports transitions the child faces in the future, makes school life, anyway, a little less traumatic. Me thinks the writer of this article, Ed Dornlas, was pulling our leg a wee bit.

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star

  8. But Ed, the parents want to retain custody and "control" of the government-funded programs. They want the taxpayers to give them programs and money "so they can care for" their kids. Take the kids, at least those with recurring problems, while still young and put them into foster care, group homes, up for adoption. THEN we'd see some rollback in the volume of single-"parent" households. You take the kids away and the parents income is cut down to what they actually earn sans refundable credits of money they never paid.

  9. LastThroes: Your post about a conspiracy to make kids smarter so they can vote democratic reminded me of this recent news story and event. Enjoy....

    "By Oliver Darcy, on Sep 17, 2012

    A college professor has been placed on leave after she allegedly forced her class to sign a pledge to vote for President Obama in the upcoming elections.

    Early last week Professor Sharon Sweet at Brevard Community College (BCC) allegedly told students to sign a pledge that reads: "I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket."

    The pledge was printed off of GottaVote.org, a website funded by the Obama campaign."

    The teacher was a college algebra teacher. Gives new meanings "teacher" and the "new math." Wouldn't you say?
    ;-)

    CarmineD

  10. boftx - "How about we solve the real problem and get back to an economy that requires only one parent to work in order to provide a decent living for a family of four?"

    BINGO! We need to bring manufacturing back to this country, re-enact Glass Steagall and downsize the banks that are too big to fail. If not, they will recycle these United States right back into another recession or depression.

  11. "Carmine.....

    LastThroes' comment is 100% on the mark." Teamster

    The story I excerpted is a fact not an opinion. Surely you know the difference.

    CarmineD