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Larry Sand
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...costly and evidence-free.

Ah...the motto of Progressives in California.
My goodness! Instead of paying astronomical sums to educate illiterate peasants in California, they should just stop importing them.

Why import a helot class by the tens of millions because "they do the work Americans won't do" (i.e. work cheap) and then tax everybody in order to turn them and their children into college students ... and then have to bring in more ignorant peasants to replace them?

It makes utterly no sense.
Ragnar Danneskjold March 09, 2014 at 12:11 PM
...Yeah, it's totally for the Union jobs.
"taking $1.3-billion away from education"

Because the education budget must never go down. But of course.
"The test for pre-school extensions to 3 and 4 year olds comes where the whole class gets this exposure. Of course, dumping a kid into a 1st Grade class where 90% of the other kids missed it is going to hurt them."

No, sister, the test is a controlled study. You've been flunking the test for a generation now.
Universal preschool does work if it is not babysitting ,fully funded and is implemented by the very best and skilled educators.

Let's just clone Jaime Escalante's twin sister, eh? Only odd little locales are ever going to be assigned the 'very best and skilled' teachers. Most any place will be assigned ordinary teachers. We've seen what kind of a difference ordinary teachers make in this realm: none.
Several of the points made in these comments are misleading and erroneous. The problem of teacher quality that Milburn mentions are only going to be exacerbated by diluting the teacher pool further. Let's try getting rid of tenure (so our best young teachers can be retained) and getting rid of the "very poor quality teachers" first before we start adding even more grades. Re: the KC cuts -- liberal judges in KC TWICE doubled the amount of money spend for the schools to absolutely no effect. The recent cuts (whether made by Christians or not) represent nothing more than an acknowledgment that throwing billions at untested and ineffective programs (like taxpayer-funded preschool) do not work, and the beleaguered taxpayers deserve some of that money back until the so-called leaders can figure out how to spend it more effectively.
I reject the arguments made by Mr Sand in this piece. Universal preschool does work if it is not babysitting ,fully funded and is implemented by the very best and skilled educators. The ages of 4-6, when kids are mental sponges, are the perfect times to inspire kids in the lust for learning, which must be followed by kids being educated in the rest of their time to 12th grade by inspiring and very competent educators. Preschool gains are so often wasted by very poor quality teachers in the subsequent grades. This is all too common in our country and preschool is always unfairly placed on the budgetary chopping block
I reject the arguments made by Mr Sand in this piece. Universal preschool does work if it is not babysitting ,fully funded and is implemented by the very best and skilled educators. The ages of 4-6, when kids are mental sponges, are the perfect times to inspire kids in the lust for learning, which must be followed by kids being educated in the rest of their time to 12th grade by inspiring and very competent educators. Preschool gains are so often wasted by very poor quality teachers in the subsequent grades. This is all too common in our country and preschool is always unfairly placed on the budgetary chopping block
Lake Worth;

Since when is is "Christian" to do charity with someone else's money? You're not going to get points in heaven by seizing cash from taxpayers and redistributing it to someone you think is more worthy.

The money has to be your own.
Schools cannot fix problems that exist in the home.
This is not "teacher empowerment." It is lying.

The test for pre-school extensions to 3 and 4 year olds comes where the whole class gets this exposure. Of course, dumping a kid into a 1st Grade class where 90% of the other kids missed it is going to hurt them.

Try Parents.Com for a neutral, non-ideological, neither pro- or anti-union assessment of pre-school options. The second section is honest and thorough enough for the issue at hand:

-- www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/starting-preschool/curriculum/why-preschool-matters/

Being a "conservative" does not mean that we have to lie, cheat children out of good education, or steal back the tiny amounts of tax money it will take to improve education.

Consider what the Kansas state government did, taking $1.3-billion away from education so they could give tax breaks to their high income voters. Yes, despicable. And they call themselves Christians which is just as bad.