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Monday, December 05, 2005

Meathead's Solution: Force 4-year Olds Into Failing Public Schools

Since public education, that is education paid for and provided in noncompetitive, heavily unionized public schools, is such a success, Rob Reiner is spearheading a drive for public provision of pre-K education. It will tax the wealthy (individuals making over $400,000 per year/ $800,000 per family) to pay for all of California's 4-year olds to attend pre-K freely. $20 million is authorized out of the state budget for the program.

Shikha Dalmia provides sobering historical facts regarding the debacle of the same program in Quebec. She writes:

The final price tag for Quebec's day care program is 33 times what was originally projected: It was supposed to cost $230 million over five years, but now gobbles $1.7 billion every year.
With this kind of spending, one would think that Quebec was offering top-notch day care to every tot, toddler and teen. Think again.


Much of the increased spending has gone not toward increased access, but increased costs. Day care worker unions, on the threat of strike, negotiated a 40 percent increase in wages over four years. The cost of care has doubled since the program began, with the annual per-infant cost now exceeding $15,000.


The real issue is when it is universal, the wealthy compete with the poor for all vacancies and private schools cannot compete with the ones charging nothing and close or never open. So the poor lose out to the rich and you place all children in failing government schools a year earlier. More mothers choose to work rather than to stay at home. Which is better for the children?

Pierre Lefebvre, an economics professor at Universite du Quebec, has just completed a study comparing 4- to 5-year-olds in Quebec with kids elsewhere in Canada and found that Quebec kids have no better scores on the Peabody vocabulary test -- the most widely used indicator of school readiness.

Archie was right on this one. He is a meathead.

16 Comments:

At 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shikha Dalmia also has a great editorial in the Wall Street Journal today pointing out how Reiner's universal preschool initiative will put a lot of women and minorities out of business who are currently operating private preschools. It's a great article but only available by subscription.

 
At 9:49 PM, Anonymous Diane Keith said...

Reiner should stick to something he's good at -- making movies.

In his misguided effort to bring Preschool-For-All to CA's most vulnerable citizens (4-year-olds), he has become a patsy for special interest groups and social engineers who want nothing more than to guarantee job security for credentialed teachers and train English-speaking human resources. They might as well hang "Arbeit Macht Frei" signs over the doors of these government daycare centers!

His offensive California First Five ads on television and radio imply that children who don't go to preschool will go to prison. Did Reiner attend government preschools? If he didn't, why isn't he in prison?

Apparently, he'd like us to believe that 4-year-olds have only 2 choices -- be institutionalized in public preschool prisons now -- or go to prison later. What idiocy spews from this Meathead!

If anyone reads this and wants some amunition to counter this attack on our little ones visit:
http://www.universalpreschool.com/articles/vote_no_on_pfa.asp

Diane Keith

 
At 5:44 AM, Blogger Annette M. Hall said...

This is all about control. We've all heard the old adage, "He who pays the piper, calls the tune."

Once all of our children are herded into preschool, taught by trained, certified "professionals." Our children are at the mercy of the state and parents have lost total control over who and what their children are exposed to.

Sure you can say preschool isn't mandatory now, but tell that to the millions of children who are required by state laws to attend kindergarten. Each year the bill to make kindergarten mandatory in California finds it's way into the legislature. It's only a matter of time before they finally succeed.

We are on a slippery slope.

 
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I wonder if their fear of my inarceration is borne from their refusal to address black disfavor on a macro level. The Counsel/Management Team/ruling species (the gods) abuse black people so hard, from the crack epiemic to gang membership, black-on-black violence and mass incarceration of their young. They refuse to address the issue of the prison industrial complex and its wholesale warehousing of young black men. Perhaps I can force them with my incarceration.

You are sick because you have disfavor. You need to imporove your relationship with the gods. Know your place, your inferiority and bow down mentally and physically.
Temptation takes many forms::: today the gods know how bad people want to please them, how bad they want to ascend and they will ask them to do evil things to tempt them, mislead them and cost them their chance.
Bow down and submit to good. Good woudl never ask you to circumcise your son or ignore behavioral disturbances.
You are the only one your children have and they are counting on you to do the right thing.
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