State's youngest learners are in line for help

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 20, 2013 - 9:26 PM

Dayton, Obama rightly seek funding for young learner programs.

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tupelohoneyFeb. 20, 13 7:58 PM

HHS (Health and Human Services)recently released a study which proves that Head Start has no lasting affects. In other words, it is a waste of money. It is a place to institutionalize young children.

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jpcooperFeb. 20, 13 9:27 PM

The State already provides a public k-12 education. Why is Dayton using "education" dollars to provide preschool and daycare for the poor? Shouldn't that money go to "all" kids?

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jpcooperFeb. 20, 13 9:33 PM

" preschool and kindergarten would receive an additional $84 million annually."

$84 Million in tax dollars equals 16,800 jobs paying $65,000 salaries generating $5000 in State taxes. Where are the new 16,800 new jobs? Where is this $84M coming from?

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lordhawhaw1Feb. 20, 1311:48 PM

Here's a prediction. Pre-K for all will become another entitlement. Eventually there will be a government monopoly on all pre-k education. All the school employees will be required to join a union whether they want to or not. The States will run the progtams but a new federal agency attached to the NEA will employ hundreds if not thousands of bureacrats who get paid in six figures. The Feds will set the learning curriculum for all and threaten to withhold your own tax money from you if you dare disagree with their curriculum. In spite of my pessimism I do hope this program works. Because future generations are going to have to be awful smart to figure out how to get out of this debt hole we've dug for them. Congratulations are in order for turncoat Republicans and Democrats alike. Keep digging.

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Thumper5316Feb. 21, 13 6:04 AM

lordhawhaw1, I think you have caught on to the end game that the state is setting up. The unionization of daycare. I, personally, don't think it's going to work any better than the Head Start programs that have shown to have only short term benefits. It's going to amount to nothing more than another feel-good, colossal waste of taxpayer money that will have no measurable benefit.

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twinsajsfFeb. 21, 13 7:05 AM

I have to laugh at some of these comments. People want to trust the data that suggests Head Start is not effective, but ignore the more pervasive data that suggests other early childhood education programs have a significant positive effect. So, if there is ANY data to suggest that ONE early ed program does not work, we should never again revisit this idea, regardless of what much more data currently says about many other programs? Too funny (if it wasn't also sad and pathetic).

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SnippetFeb. 21, 13 7:06 AM

Why doesn't the state just provide each family with a father? I think that would do more than a million of these early education programs to close the gap between those groups dominated by two parent families and those dominated by single parent families.

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borisbadenovFeb. 21, 13 7:35 AM

"People want to trust the data that suggests Head Start is not effective, but ignore the more pervasive data that suggests other early childhood education programs have a significant positive effect."

The data that says it is ineffective comes from the government and from other sources. The suggestion (not data) that says it is effective comes from those on the receiving end of our tax dollars.

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conniemercerFeb. 21, 13 7:52 AM

"Why doesn't the state just provide each family with a father?" Who needs a father when you have government taking care of you? Remember the Clinton town hall meeting where a man stood up and told Clinton that we are his children?

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SnippetFeb. 21, 13 8:36 AM

>>> People want to trust the data that suggests Head Start is not effective, but ignore the more pervasive data that suggests other early childhood education programs have a significant positive effect. <<< Some people "want to believe" certain things. Others follow the facts. The fact is that if these programs delivered as advertised, the benefits would be far clearer. Did early advocates of Head Start say, "In 50 years, serious studies of the benefits of our programs will be at best inconclusive."?

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