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
Hamath, thanks for a very sensible post.
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?
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.
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
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
And....Hamath is right.
@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
Some R's would rather take money away from children who may need some help
to start another unfunded war somewhere...