Obama's pre-school proposal: Can it work?

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 27, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    For the passed thirty years, I've heard about studies, and research,--then witnessed the decline of educated Americans. Our doctors, nurses, engineers, chemists, etc, are now from other countries. This, while we hold the worlds record for funding.

    Let our children go, and let parents raise them. Let's get back to the basics.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 12:34 p.m.

    Parents need to volunteer their time to their children to make the real difference. The tax payers already give parents $3,800 for each child to be read to daily. Parents or family are the best way to help children get through the educational processes. It is not just school learning that children need. It is to have experiences with each other as parents are the best supplement a child can have. Utah teachers are some of the best teachers a student can have. They are dedicated and professional in more than can be certified or qualified in. We do have more children in each family as a general rule. However, there are still many special needs children where the parents need assistance in getting through each day.

    I am amazed at how well the various teachers, aides, assistants and resource personnel help these children each day. It is not an easy task and parents with those children are fortunate to have people that care for and educate their children in more than the required curriculum.

    Teachers in Utah need respect for their values, talents and abilities from elected leaders. These professional and certified individuals are special for our children.

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    Next it'll be government-funded and -run daycare for infants. And sadly, that idea will appeal to a lot of people.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 10:58 a.m.

    This proposal should be shot down. It can't work as long as the federal government is involved. Their own program is a failure. Remember "Results of a December 2012 federal study on the $8 billion federal Head Start program, are disappointing. Benefits of the program show up clearly as children who attend move into kindergarten, the study concluded, but those benefits fade away by about third grade."

    If they are already failing at the limited pre-school program that they have, why give them more money and more children to run through a failed system?

  • Millsap fan Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    @ IDC,

    You hit it dead on. Just another example of Obama giving entitlements to people and taking away personal responsibility. Now the government raising our kids, paying for groceries, etc

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constitutents.”
    -James Madison

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Feb. 26, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    How about we tell people that they should read to their kids, spend time with their kids, and be good examples to their kids. There is no reason to spend tax money on something that should be taken care of by one or two parents. Parents need to step up.