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Jan 25, 2011


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I happen to disagree and this is why:

There is no amount of money that can make up for the failure of parents who are having kids too young and too often and are not able or willing to perform the role as parent.

There is no amount of money that can establish successful traits in young children in loco parentis.

I've seen it first hand with my child. And as an observant person I've paid great attention to these pre-k programs. They are staffed by unqualified babysitters serving as "teachers" for the most part. This may vary between urban and rural counties.

In times of tough austerity, we have to rethink government at all levels. Jim Hunt's Headstart and Easley's More at Four were great ideas. They did not work out. Studies have shown there is little measurable increase in student performance at the elementary level from having been in these programs.

These monies would be much better spent on intensive focus on LD students or pre-k students with speech delay. The rest is mostly baby sitting.

greensboro transplant

"The program teaches children skills they'll need for kindergarten - recognizing letters of the alphabet, knowing colors, enjoying books. But for Brandon, what mattered most was "the simple things: learning to share, waiting your turn, knowing when to stand and when to sit," says Lisa Lewis, a teacher assistant at Winding Springs Elementary, where her son attended pre-K. "He just blossomed.""

to add to jeff's point, these are skills that the parentS should be teaching. having kids at a young age or raising kids in a single parent family are not ideal.

i'm not knocking single parents and often both parents need to work. (i've seen some who do a better job than two stay at home parents could.) but in general we'd do well to reduce the number of teen moms and single parent households.

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From Brandon's quote:

"learning to share, waiting your turn, knowing when to stand and when to sit"

I've seen two years of parenting wiped out by constant exposure to these disruptions in the classroom. I'm not indifferent to the tough job young mothers and single parents face. But to me these are issues for United Way and community-based programs.

Some of this money could go there and likely get equal results. At least there could be a variety of programs, athletics for some, library or art program for others.


Don't have kids. Don't want kids.

But, I have noticed that it very often takes the combined incomes of both spouses to afford a mortgage. Sure, they could postpone having kids until they can get along on one income. For a lot of people, though, that would mean never having kids. Doesn't seem a practical approach.

I wouldn't expect too much out of classrooms for people below the age of 5. After all, we really don't start pulling away from chimps much before that. Keeping them safe and fed while they learn new words and practice not falling over seems an acceptable goal.

Many parents, though, want some place to stash their toddlers so they can go to work. Might not be an ideal situation, but it is our situation. Unless we find a way for all families to live on the income of one spouse, it'l be that way for a long time.

Nichole Churchill

Please educate yourself before you post opinions as fact. "They are staffed by unqualified babysitters serving as "teachers" for the most part." You don't have much of a clue about Pre-K, do you? You can support it or not - your choice. Just don’t be so disrespectful. Title 1 mandates that all teachers are "highly certified". These "babysitters" are board certified CMS teachers who teach a strict curriculum. Many of them are National Board certified which is one tough certification. They are required to have so many hours of continuing education each year in order to keep their certification. These kids are challenging and days can be exhausting. Kids with special needs identified in Pre-K are well entrenched in those services before they reach kindergarten. Getting kids up to par will now be the responsibility of the kindergarten teacher. Please don't show these hard working teachers such disrespect as to call them babysitters. Really.

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