Why are these Republicans accepting Obama’s claim that pre-K “works” and produces benefits in a child’s later life? The science actually shows that pre-K provides, at best, a small temporary benefit that can’t be measured past the third grade. There is NO evidence that kids benefit from attending preschool instead of being cared for by their mothers at home.
These Republican governors seem to think they can defeat Democrats by adopting one of Obama’s favorite programs. Despite these high-profile Republican salesmen of pre-K, we haven’t seen any evidence that pre-K benefits children or accomplishes any of its promised goals. Like the classic TV ad asks, where’s the beef? Daycare advocates like to cite “models for success” like the so-called Perry Preschool Project. But that project took place 50 years ago and used highly trained teachers. The Perry results have never been replicated despite many subsequent attempts, so that study is not scientifically credible.
One of the best things we can do for pre-kindergarten children is to make sure we don’t hang trillions of dollars of debt around their necks from these failed government-daycare programs.
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