Obama’s Preschool Child

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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.”

shutterstock_53655772 2Citing “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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Dr. Paul Kengor


Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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  • muchafraid

    All of my six kids attended “preschool” and excelled because of it…it used to be called FAMILY.

  • justin

    I’m not disagreeing with anything you are saying (nor agreeing) but why is this a top story on catholic exchange? This has nothing to do with Jesus or God at all.

  • frank

    @ justin — actually, if it has to do with family, with the rights of family to raise children as the parents see fit, with keeping government from intruding in yet another place in family life, then it does belong on a Catholic page and is intimately involved with Jesus and God our Father. After all — our mission (for the vast majority of us!) is to live out God’s life of love in our families, to raise our children according to His Word, to change the world through our love of our families and to extend that love to neighbors and beyond. As Catholic parents this is what we are called to do.

  • Cee Cee

    When my daughter was very young, we read to her, counted, created art, sang songs, played games….. However, as a teacher I can tell you that many children do not experience those things. Half of my kindergarten class couldn’t write their names, had no knowledge of the alphabet or numbers, and had never heard Nursery Rhymes (important for early readers). Therefore, this once, I do agree with this idea. However, they need to be the right kind of preschool, and not kindergarten programs pushed onto 4 year-olds.

  • drmprosec

    I did not attend pre-school and turned out Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from university and cum laude from law school. My mother made me take naps in the afternoon and play outside when the weather was nice. She did not let us watch television.

  • mstarfish

    With regards to CeCe’s comment, Kindergarten was introduced for the purpose of getting kids ready for school (First Grade). Its original purpose was to help kids learn to hold pencils, use scissors, learn their numbers and colors, and learn to follow the structure of the school setting through sit down activities like story time.
    As CeCe mentioned, there are some families that naturally teach these things to their preschoolers at home, often without realizing that they are doing it. And, their are other families that must plunk their kids down in front of a television all day, since these kids do not come to school with the necessary skills.
    However, government mandated preschool (or kindergarten, for that matter) is not the answer. In recent years, school “standards” have pushed First Grade curriculum down to the Kindergarten level. Talk to veteran Kindergarten teachers and they’ll lament the loss…they lived through it. Restore Kindergarten to what it is supposed to be and make it available to those children who need it. Parents have a God given right and responsibility to direct the education of their children; let’s not encourage governmental usurpation of that role.

  • lightedlamp94

    The daycare mentality is killing our country. If families would sacrifice to keep mom at home we wouldn’t need the government. More marriages would remain together and children would thrive. There are kids out there that eat breakfast and lunch at school and then pack their snack to take to aftercare. If these services weren’t so readily available more moms would have to do there job. Women are letting the children down. The government loves to step in and provide opportunities for moms to leave home earlier. Don’t be fooled, until contraception is ended there will be service after service to get every mother away from the home. Preschool for all is really daycare, just like all day kindergarten. We have more educational opportunities and we are more stupid than we’ve ever been as a nation both intellectually and morally. Pick the bigger battle. We’ve got to get serious about ending the root of our evils.