Barack Obama wants your child in preschool. “Fewer than three in ten 4-year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program,” laments the president. He says that “most middle-class parents can’t afford … private preschool. And for poor kids who need help the most, this lack of access to preschool education can shadow them for the rest of their lives.”
What does President Obama propose? To thunderous applause from fellow Democrats, Obama is calling for “high-quality preschool available to every single child in America.”
Citing “study after study,” Obama says “the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road.”
And so, for Obama and his fellow progressives, this means a new government program. They’re engaged in a mad push to prod more kids into school before school-age. Even before kindergarten, they want them out of the home and into the collective, where they can be organized according to the latest Deweyan fads and experimentation cooked up by departments of education.
And, of course, they want the federal government—and your tax dollars—to ensure the process. As for anyone who disagrees, they will be framed as cruel, as not favoring education, as wanting to hurt the poor, as targeting “minority children,” as opposing “social justice.”
Never mind that many of us simply think it’s a bad idea to send tiny little children out of the home at an even younger age. I still recall vague flickers of my first day at school. Not even five-years-old, I just sat there, the last one on the school bus, oblivious. I somehow got inside the school where I stood there clueless and alone. Some adult I encountered in a giant empty hallway got me to my destination. I remember nothing from kindergarten or first grade.
Well, perhaps I was simply behind in my all-important “socialization.”
Nonetheless, here we are: equal access to “high-quality preschool” for all. Barack Obama and the progressives want it, and if you disagree, look out. Your job is to shut up and hand over your tax dollars.
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