Does this small child need a classroom or his parents?
Head Start is an $8 billion per year federal preschool program. It was designed to improve kindergarten readiness of low income children. It was implemented in 1965 and taxpayers have spent more than $180 billion on the program.
The HHS tracked 5,000 children. Half of these children attended the Head Start program and half did not. This study followed their progression from ages three or four through the end of third grade.
The first-grade evaluation found that any benefits of the Head Start program were gone by the time they reached first-grade. The study revealed that Head Start failed to improve the literacy, math and language skills of the the four year-olds and had a negative impact on the math of three year olds.
The third-grade evaluation was even worse. How could it be better if any benefits had dissipated by the end of the first-grade? The third-grade follow-up study found that Head Start had no statistically measurable effects on cognitive ability including numerous measures of reading, language and math ability.
Additionally the evaluation examined the effects of Head Start on social-emotional development. The results were that children in the 4-year-old age group reported worse peer relations in third grade than their non-Head Start classmates. Teachers reported "strong evidence of an unfavorable impact on incidence of emotional symptoms."
Head Start also failed to improve the parenting outcomes and child-health outcome of participants. In other words, the program is an abysmal failure.
The bottom line: Washington's 48-year experiment with federal preschool has failed to deliver long-lasting positive developments for its participants.
Head Start fails children and costs taxpayers exorbitant amounts of money every year. And it is just one of 69 federal preschool programs. Small children do much better within the family unit. The government cannot provide the love and affection needed for healthy psychological growth.
With all of the studies that have been written the government just doesn't give up. Their idea is to throw more money at a proven failed program.
Now comes the community school districts. Every school district is on line to build new Early Childhood Development Centers. These centers will take the child from the home into an institutional setting. The property owners will have to pay more taxes to support these centers and to build them. Even though these centers have been proven failures (they are Head Start with another name) school administrators have decided to keep on building them without informing the public and by passing bond issues without mentioning their plans.
In Lebanon we receive an oversized-expensive post card quite often. This is a public relations piece to keep the schools in our minds. We are to believe that the district's superintendent and board really care about what we think. They have a word that they use quite often and a word that taxpayers should be worried about hearing. That word is "consensus." The "consensus" that they arrived at was an agreement among themselves. The public was not invited to the meeting where the decisions were made. I urge everyone to start calling the Lebanon School Board office and ask questions. Ask the superintendent to answer your questions as to exactly what will be built, where it will be built, if there are new administration offices in the plans and where will the Early Childhood Development Center be located.
Common Core is designed to change the attitudes, values and beliefs of our children. Change them from the values they learn at home and in church to the values of "the state." Common Core values of values clarification and Secular Humanism.
We cannot trust the bureaucrats no matter where they lurk.