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Obama's Bait-and-Switch on "Universal" Preschool

pol_junkie Wrote: Feb 24, 2013 1:53 PM
I could not agree more. It would be better to call this "universal day care" vs. "universal pre-school". Until the parents have value for seeing that their children are educated, no amount of government money will change the dynamic.
Judy S Wrote: Feb 24, 2013 2:30 PM
Exactly! Even caged animals at a zoo do better than most of our population when it comes to follow through. I have a dear friend who worked for 30 years cleaning houses. She adopted her grandson when she was around 65 and he was only 2 years old. Now fourteen, he is in an extra help program at school, but she has to do the follow up. They read a book together and, if he needs it, she helps with math concepts. If there were more adults like her, our black children would do just fine.
President Obama's recent stumping for a federal preschool initiative has promised a lot to America. In his State of the Union speech, he spoke of making "high-quality preschool available to every single child in America." In his push, however, President Obama is promising something he has no plan to deliver.

As Russ Whitehurst writes, the Obama preschool proposal as currently constructed is far from "universal."

Whereas the president has been selling his preschool plan to the middle-class parents as universal, i.e., available to them, the White House fact sheet makes it clear that the administration is...
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