Short take: Think Small, learn well

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 30, 2012 - 3:12 PM

Through its 10-year life, Ready 4 K pitched the idea that child care and early childhood education ought to seen as one and the same.

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reefungorioJan. 30, 1210:40 PM

What has happened to America that requires us as a nation to make sure our children are ready for kindergarten?

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my4centsJan. 31, 12 7:37 AM

What has happened to America that requires us as a nation and as a state to provide money to an outside organization to make sure our children are ready for kindergarten?

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beebee82Jan. 31, 12 9:27 AM

I lean left on many issues, but I too tire of hearing that so many of our youngsters are not properly prepared for kindergarten. Seriously, parents — they need to know how to count, say their ABC's, know the difference between blue and orange and just maybe write their name. These aren't difficult concepts to teach your children. It takes two minutes out of your busy, busy day.

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swiperJan. 31, 12 9:55 AM

This is a great organization helping children and families. And yes, when children are ready, they are more likely to read by third grade, not need special education classes, end up dropping out of school, in the juvenile justice system, etc. That means that it saves all of us money-- usually government money. the costs savings have been documented over and over. There are complex reasons why some parents may not be able to do what commenters suggest, but it is not complex what has happened when children are not ready. It is just sad and expensive.

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davehougJan. 31, 1211:34 AM

There are complex reasons why some parents may not be able to do what commenters suggest - - I'd like to be better informed on this. I can't imagine what keeps an adult from teaching shapes, letters, colors to his/her child???? - - davehoug@comcast.net

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beebee82Jan. 31, 1212:08 PM

"Complex" is a feel good term we use to define this problem because we're too squeamish to admit that parents are just not even trying anymore. Why should they? We have dozens of government programs that will pick up their slack.

Saying the issue is "complex" is easier that calling out parents who seem to find the time to watch four hours of television every night, but can't pick up a book and read to their kids.

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my4centsJan. 31, 12 1:38 PM

swiper - I know a lot of great organizations that do great things. Most of them do NOT get government funding. Because they do great things they are financed by those who enjoy their services or products, or by those who voluntarily support them because they believe in their mission. We don't need government forcing us to support more and more things that they see as important.

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swiperJan. 31, 12 4:17 PM

my4cents, the organizations referred to are non-profits funded by donors and foundations, primarily. They aren't government agencies. Read the article

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swiperJan. 31, 12 4:31 PM

davehoug, complex things like, parents being deployed to Iraq, mental illness, lost jobs, all kinds of things that can interfere with parents ability to provide the support referenced. And if the reason they aren't is because they are just refusing to be parents, as you suggest--does that mean we punish the child? Because it is pretty clear we will pay much more than what it takes to help a child be ready for kindergarten.

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my4centsJan. 31, 12 5:28 PM

swiper - read AND UNDERSTAND the comment. I never said that this organization or others was PRIMARILY funded by government. No government funding should exist. The organization and it's mission of early childhood education should be funded by those who share their goals - not forced from everyone else through taxes.

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