Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Obama-Schooling Should Begin at Age 18 Months

It goes beyond ObamaCare . . .

According to new research published in Developmental Science, President Obama's previously-announced plan to initiate government indoctrination of children at age 3 or 4 is too late.  The latest study shows that the government should take control of all low-income children no later than 18 months after birth, lest their development lag the more affluent children.

For background, read Obama-CHILD-Care is Next, Says Nancy Pelosi and also read Entire West Virginia County Becomes School-run Orphanage-Plus as well as Massachusetts Strives to Replace Mom with Government

UPDATE 5/16/15: Public Boarding Schools Proposed by Obama Administration

UPDATE 5/30/14: President Obama Replaces Fathers with Government Mentors

In addition, read It Takes a Village to Admit Failure: Head Start, the federal government’s largest preschool program for low-income children, was found to yield no lasting results, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

-- From "Language gap between rich and poor children begins in infancy, Stanford psychologists find" by Bjorn Carey, Stanford University News 9/25/13

Stanford researchers have now found that these socioeconomic status (SES) differences begin to emerge much earlier in life: By 18 months of age, toddlers from disadvantaged families are already several months behind more advantaged children in language proficiency.

The study, published in Developmental Science, is the first to identify an "achievement gap" in language processing skill at such a young age and could inform strategies to intervene and bring children up to speed.

"By 2 years of age, these disparities are equivalent to a six-month gap between infants from rich and poor families in both language processing skills and vocabulary knowledge," [Stanford associate professor of psychology, Anne] Fernald said. "What we're seeing here is the beginning of a developmental cascade, a growing disparity between kids that has enormous implications for their later educational success and career opportunities."

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From "Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K" by Motoko Rich, New York Times 10/21/13

Nearly two decades ago, a landmark study found that by age 3, the children of wealthier professionals have heard words millions more times than those of less educated parents, giving them a distinct advantage in school and suggesting the need for increased investment in prekindergarten programs.

Now a follow-up study has found a language gap as early as 18 months, heightening the policy debate.

President Obama has called for the federal government to match state money to provide preschool for all 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families, a proposal in the budget that Congress voted to postpone negotiating until later this year. The administration is also offering state grants through its Race to the Top Program to support early childhood education. Critics argue, however, that with so few programs offering high-quality instruction, expanding the system will prove a waste of money and that the limited funds should be reserved for elementary and secondary education.

The National Governors Association, in a report this month calling on states to ensure that all children can read proficiently by third grade, urges lawmakers to increase access to high-quality child care and prekindergarten classes and to invest in programs for children from birth through age 5.

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From "Campaign emphasizes that preschool education is a social investment" at Global Post 10/21/13

"A preschool nation is one in which every child has full opportunity to succeed in school regardless of their zip code, ethnic background or immigration status," W. Steven Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, said [Monday, launching the campaign "Preschool Nation"].

The campaign, an effort by about 30 organizations, is being headed by Los Angeles Universal Preschool [LAUP], a non-profit that funds preschool services to some 11,000 youngsters in Los Angeles County.

During the period 2009-2011, only 37 percent of Hispanic children under 5 were attending preschool, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT® Data Book.

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From "Launch of Nationwide Preschool Campaign Urges Americans: Stand Up for Access to Quality Preschool" posted at Fort Wayne Journal Gazette 10/21/13

Preschool Nation partners say the campaign is right on time. Individual states have been increasing their Pre-K efforts and the research in support of quality early education has been overwhelming.

Virginia Wate, a Los Angeles resident and mother of a preschooler, agrees. "To me, a Preschool Nation is a nation that accepts responsibility for the importance of education," Wate said. "I feel like (preschool) really builds self-esteem, and all kids should be able to enter kindergarten and feel like they know just as much as their peers."

"This campaign gives us an opportunity to create an alliance and an advocacy platform to maximize our resources and leverage every local, state and national resources to ensure that every child can have access to a quality early education experience," said Celia C. Ayala, chief executive officer of LAUP.

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Also read Violence & Poverty due to Absence of Intact Family as well as Liberalism Causes Poverty in America: Study

In addition, read Largest US Child Study Finds Early Child Care Linked to Aggression and Disobedience