President Obama's State of the Union speech touches off renewed debate about pre-K programs

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    March 13, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    To "Claudio" read the article again. They clearly stated that "a 2011 study by the federal government of its own Head Start pre-K program for low-income kids showed strong initial gains, but those faded out by about third grade, at which time students served by Head Start tested at about the same level as their low-income peers who did not attend."

    All we have learned from these studies is that kids who have parents who care about education do better in the education system.

    If the effects are gone by the 3rd grade, what was the point outside of free daycare for the poor?

  • sally Kearns, UT
    March 13, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    If the long term problem is vocabulary development and language, why not offer classes to the parents who will be influencing the long term experience of raising the children. Then, both the parents and the child will benefit long term. If children were required to speak up to a certain vocabulary level of English before entering school it would help alleviate problems during the education years. It would also put the responsibility of learning English on the parents, where it belongs. A partnership is then formed between parent and child to encourage learning.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    March 13, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    In his state of the union "speech", Obama claimed he cut spending by $1.2 trillion (totally untrue) but somehow that didn't produce all the cataclysmic drama that he now claims the so called sequester will cause. Which is it Mr. President, and why are you constantly lying to us? Why doesn't the news media call you out on it? The only possible answer;why tell people the truth when millions prefer believing your lies?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 13, 2013 8:46 a.m.


    In 2011, Time magazine's columnist Joe Klein called for the elimination of Head Start, citing an internal report that the program is costly and makes a negligible impact on children's well-being over time. "You take the million or so poorest 3- and 4-year-old children and give them a leg up on socialization and education by providing preschool for them; if it works, it saves money in the long run by producing fewer criminals and welfare is now 45 years later. We spend more than $8 billion providing Head Start to nearly 1.5 million children each year. And finally there is indisputable evidence about the program's effectiveness, provided by the Department of Health and Human Services: Head Start simply does not work."

    Head Start program began in 1965, and poverty/crime has risen.

    Before having children, people need to be financially, responsible, and emotionally prepared.

    Head Start cannot make-up for good parenting, and is a financial burden on society.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 13, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    Worf, yes it has. The problem is that there's always a new crop of poor people coming up without the opportunities afforded by Head Start or other programs. Usually because the programs are not available due to conservative resistance to anything that will help people without lining the pockets of conservatives.

    JDL -- then whose responsibility is it to provide the MEANS for education? There is only one factor that has been credited with America's rise to preeminence in the world, and that is our free, national public education system.

  • JDL Magna, UT
    March 13, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    It is not governments responsibility to provide education but rather to protect the right of people to be educated.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    March 13, 2013 7:25 a.m.

    Dear Worf,

    Yes, it has.

    Every parent and child who has benefited from the program.

  • Californian Santa Ana, CA
    March 13, 2013 3:43 a.m.

    What every study failed to measure and what every teacher will tell you is critical is the followup in the home. Parents who are committed to helping their children learn, read to them, help with homework and do simple school supportive tasks have children who learn. Unfortunately, far too many parents across the social strata abdicate their responsibilities and expect the school to do it all. My motto while raising my famiy was "My children's education is MY responsibility and the school is ONE of my resources."

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 12, 2013 11:26 p.m.

    How's the Head Start program working out? Has it decreased poverty?