I was chagrined but not surprised reading about Obama’s new implementation of pre-K education through his Early Head Start and Child Care Partnerships. These federally funded programs promise to create a new bureaucracy and enlarge old ones while once again reducing the states’ ability to educate their own young. I’m not sure how many RR readers give a big rat’s ass about this latest, but I do.
The collateral damage from these programs will be huge. You see, the feds will require that to work these programs you will need a bachelor’s degree to teach toddlers. And the monies will arrive with huge stacks of regulations. The obvious purpose here is to create a whole new tranche of teachers union members, reliable Democratic votes, and expand the government as the employer of last resort programs. Since any BS or BA degree will, these programs will give those who ‘mastered’ useless fields a place to get a paycheck that doesn’t look like the dole.
Oh yes, I forgot to mention that they also will be able to start pouring all those good social values into the empty noggins that show up in their classes. Research has shown that the benefit of pre-K education is nil for mastering real subjects later on, but that’s not the aim here. Every true progressive knows that as the twig is bent … . (more here)
Last but not least, I leave you with a little something from the ongoing catastrophe of Common Core. The photo is of a CC math curriculum workbook wherein the little darlins are (mis)taught how to quickly estimate the sum of two numbers. My math teacher would have slapped me up side my head had I responded with CC’s “estimated sum” of 500, instead of the correct estimate of 650. Common Core graduates would suffer a 22.5% error, while the old school students would be off only 0.8%. And you might note that CC assesses the correct answer of 645 as just being “reasonable”. If any of these kids want to study for a STEM career, they will need a heap of remediation to undo the damage they suffered in their CC coated K-12 education.