Federal grant will help state boost early ed

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 16, 2011 - 11:37 PM

Minnesota joined nine states Friday in winning a piece of $500 million in federal money for early education. Nearly half of students aren't ready for kindergarten, a state study found.

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oreganojoeDec. 16, 1111:02 AM

WOW! We "WON" some of our own tax money back from the federal government! Are we suppose to jump for joy???? Why did we send it to them in the first place?

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fearlesscurDec. 16, 1111:20 AM

No kidding. I also notice that ACTUAL success with these programs wasn't part of the itinerary. Why does EVERYONE continue to put their head's in the sand when it comes to these areas failing? It is the complete lack of a functional home life that leads the children to not care if they are getting As or Fs. Address the SINGLE parent issue with theses funds or the RAMPANT physical, sexual, and emotional abuse these single parents subject their children too. Or I guess that would be too uncomfortable to deal with and messes with the fuzzy feeling "early ed" gives us.

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potatobugDec. 16, 1111:24 AM

This is a major boost for education. As a teacher, I see so many kindergarten students who struggle to identify the letters in their name, or even tell me their last name, yet schools get judged for not preparing these students. The first 5 years are more influential than any other time period in the development of a child. It's a shame that parents aren't making this a priority, but since they won't, this grant will do a lot to help.

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lilmamadebDec. 16, 1111:41 AM

potatobug "This is a major boost for education. As a teacher, I see so many kindergarten students who struggle to identify the letters in their name, or even tell me their last name, yet schools get judged for not preparing these students. The first 5 years are more influential than any other time period in the development of a child. It's a shame that parents aren't making this a priority, but since they won't, this grant will do a lot to help" Parents are judged more than the schools are. How do you know parents aren't making it a priority and the child is just not interested yet or is too scared to talk to you? I am so tired of teachers blaming the parents for their lack of abilities. It is your job to figure out how to teach. Everyone has a different learning style and it is your job to figure it out.

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oreganojoeDec. 16, 1111:44 AM

"I see so many kindergarten students who struggle to identify the letters in their name, or even tell me their last name"

The parents have failed their children and nothing the government does can fix that.

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plecksDec. 16, 1111:48 AM

Great. More "free money" to throw at a problem that has never been solved with more money.

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beebee82Dec. 16, 1111:50 AM

Early Childhood programs have been around since the late 1960s. Yet nearly half of all students are still not ready for kindergarten. Yes, studies show that knowing your colors, letters and numbers by kindergarten improves a child's chances of success in later grades. But I don't think studies have indicated that early childhood education has increased the number of students entering school ready to learn.

Used to be that parents were responsible for teaching their children how to write their names and the difference between blue and red. These are huge expectations. Perhaps if schools actually started telling parents, "No, we won't accept your child until he or she is ready" parents would return to those very basic responsibilities of having children.

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threedogniteDec. 16, 1112:47 PM

When will people realize that the money that Washington is sending back to us is the money we sent to them minus a percentage they keep for whatever they choose to spend it on. It ain't free, it ain't a gift and it always has strings attached which costs us even more money in the end. Why don't people get that?

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tired1Dec. 16, 11 1:47 PM

Why not just take the "at risk" kids out of the home and have the govt. raise them? Probably would be cheaper; with better results.

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spendmoreDec. 16, 11 2:39 PM

...who helped write and oversee the 700-page grant application. - For no other reason than this, we should be going over government with a fine tooth comb and dismantling it. This is just a bureaucratic nightmare. Imagine the critters we could find.

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