Preschool: The Issue of the Day

Diane Ravitch’s blog: A site to discuss better education for all, February 5, 2014

Preschool education is one of the few issues on which there appears to be genuine bipartisan support, the Néw York Times reports. It was the centerpiece of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s landslide campaign, and red states like Grorgia and Oklahoma boast of their pre-K programs as models.

The article cites the solid research as well as the critics who dispute the research.

It would be useful for future reporting to show how far behind other nations the US lags in protecting its youngest citizens. Authoritative surveys show we are far behind in providing prenatal care to pregnant women and in supplying high-quality preschool.

I stand with those who speak of the 0-5 continuum. Life does not begin at age 4.

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