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Published: Tuesday, April 2 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Hamath
Omaha, NE

While I do not disagree nor agree with the author, I will point out what to me is an obvious problem with the argument.

Just because parents with students who were in a Head Start program report less grade promotion than parents with students who weren't in a Head Start program, does Not imply anything bad about the program.

Aren't students in Head Start more likely to come from families where both parents work?
Aren't students in Head Start more likely to come from families where there is extreme low income (which is closely related to poor nutrition choices and poor discipline at home, etc)?

Those factors might impact the grade promotion greatly also. Who knows? Head Start might actually be improving so that we only fewer of these students not promote and without it the # would be much higher.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Hamath, thanks for a very sensible post.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

So kids from low income, disadvantaged homes get special treatment in Head Start from K through grade 3 and then from that point on there is no difference in their reading or math performance compared to the general population of students? Isn't that the point of the program?

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Sounds to me like the problem doesn't lie with head start. The problem lies in elementary edu. Perhaps if we actually funded it so we didnt have 40+ kids in one classroom exceptional performance would continue? Instead, repubs just complain and offer no solutions. In fact, they'd rather talk about guns rather than address anything of importance.

airnaut
Everett, 00

Obviously,
This letter writer has nothing more than a political axe to grind.
Because the correlation of the stats between cause and affect couldn't be more unrelated.

My wife has worked for the Davis County School District as a pre-school TEACHER for years.
The kids who qualified for head-start in the 1st place usually come from less advandaged, lower income, both parents working, and stuffed in a day-care since birth.

Hamath,
Thanks for the CORRECT and TRUE reason for the grade disparity.

tigger
AMERICAN FORK, UT

Gains from any preschool program even out by 3rd grade regardless of the preschool program. (Sorry, to all of you who are paying $1000/month) But those initial 4 years (K-3) are critical to children's later years. Headstart programs give children at risk a chance. And not just academically but socially, nutritionally, hygiene/dental/medical habits, and support and training to parents.

tigger
AMERICAN FORK, UT

And....Hamath is right.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

@The Real Maverick (and anyone who loves a good laugh at irony)

"Instead, repubs ... In fact, they'd rather talk about guns rather than address anything of importance."

LOL!!! Who keeps pushing for gun legislation? Obama, Senate Democrats, House Democrats. Anything to avoid dealing with the biggest threat to our country and well being, namely the economic problems of deficit spending, a stagnant economy, and the persistent unemployment.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Some R's would rather take money away from children who may need some help to start another unfunded war somewhere...

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