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.