Spend money on parents, not 4-year-olds
02/20/2014 12:02 PM
02/20/2014 4:26 PM
Re "Pre-kindergarten for all 4-year-olds makes sense" (Editorials, Feb. 16): If the State of California is considering spending millions of dollars on publicly funded pre-Kindergarten programs, that money should be focused on those that can really make a difference: the parents.
Kay Hymowitz's article in Time Magazine (Oct 25, 2013) details that it's the parents, not formal education that make a difference in children. The theory that more pre-K education will make a difference makes sense. However, long-term studies have shown that the parental influence and environment outweigh pre-K education, resulting in little to no improvement for children.
Any public money should be focused on parental guidance and lifting socioeconomic status.
Better Parents = Better Children, and this equation does not work in reverse.
-- Kevin Calcagno, Fair Oaks
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