President Obama has recently addressed the need for quality preschool education to be made available for every 4 year old in the US. Is this a wise investment to help equalize the educational/social needs of our 4 year olds? Please elaborate rather than simply answering yes or no. Thank you for your contribution to an important topic.
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Great response. I agree with all that you post. 6 years of age is too late. It is incredible what a preschooler is capable of absorbing and learning in a quality program. All of my children love coming to school. They have fun and learn.
There are some parents that simply have no other choice than to work. Some are also going to school. There are also those who have no support system.
Spending more than we have is unwise no matter how attractive the investment. Our kids and future generations are already saddled with debt because the U.S. just can't say "no." It will be our demise.
I think that you have a point, but I'm a little concerned with your reasoning about how not having it holds women back. Lots of women work longer than the time the elementary kids are at school. I think what the gov't wants is for Pre-k time the same
You make some very good points. Preschool can be a first intervention for the child who has learning disabilities. Quality preschool can make all the difference in the world for a child. Why not have it available to those who want it?
The one big problem is that the home environment is not always kept 'ideal'. Children are left in front of tv's, computers, ipads with little to no exposure to other children, playing outside, being in a structured environment. Some kids need this.
I think you're underestimating the word "quality" in the question! Any preschool program should be developmentally appropriate, meaning lots of play and small group activities for little ones.
You are an amazing diplomat. Sorry this was so strong. Its frustrating to see how curious children are when they go into school and how their curiosity goes away the longer they are in school.
Well, that is true. There is a lot wrong with our educational system, and I agree that more needs to be done to teach critical thinking, creativity, and a love a learning. But, I suppose that's another topic!
I have worked in early childhood for many years and hold a degree in early childhood education. I have found that young children have an intense desire to learn and to inquire, to discover. A child learns throughout the day, not only while sitting.
I respect your response. I totally agree that parents need to be more involved in the learning process, starting at home. Sadly, some think learning should be left to the schools and teachers, and children are unprepared for a learning environment.