To "Confused" those kids would be exactly where they are in the 3rd
grade if they did not have the "Head Start". That is what the study
looked at. The Federal Study found that by the 3rd grade the kids that were in
the program performed the same as similar kids who were not in the program. All
high risk kids, all have the same results despite governmet intervention.You are right, Who is running the program helps determine the success of
the program. The HHS study points out that the best thing for the government to
do would be to get out of the Preschool business and turn that over to private
institutions that do a better job educating kids and preparing them for school.
Redshirt,the real question is where would those kids be by the 3rd grade
if they had not had "Head Start"?yes, they equal out by
third grade, but those high risk kids who don't have head start or some
other program to help are doomed for failure..I think "Who"
is running the particular head start program, determines just how well it does
in a local community.
To "Paige Heyn" you missed the study that the Federal Government did
that found that by the 3rd grade all of the advantages that you list are gone.
The Feds admit that the Head Start program is a failure.Why should
we continue a program that just burns through money and does not produce the
results that were promised?
What does the writer expect from pre-school education? Baby sitters?Algebra by 1st grade? Publixhed novel by age 5? Basically it
boils down to a transfer of responsibility from the parents to the state - where
the state can indoctrinate to their hearts content.
There is research recently published showing that preschool programs are
failures, not the glowing successes that are suggested to be here. The best way to help preschoolers is to strengthen the families they come
from, by improving the parenting.