Listening to the parade of advocates beating the drums for universal pre-school, you would think they have found the golden ticket for a free ride for all children out of poverty, crime, violence, grade retention and failing schools—and the Governor’s office.
Proponents of universal pre-school would have us believe that most parents fail to provide their children the proper home environment; parents are either not at home or incapable of providing a home that is capable intellectual stimulation. As a result too many children are not coming to school not ready to learn in kindergarten.
So what exactly are these nice folks trying to say? That the majority of parents fall into two categories; below poverty line (too ignorant to care for their children) and working parents (absentee parenting)?
Opponents say great idea, but we just can't afford it.
Why are we applauding the idea, and dismissing it solely on the basis of money?
Who will stand up and say this is NOT good for the children?
Is too politically incorrect to suggest children need their mothers?
Okay, let’s coat it in easy to swallow terms.