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Early Childhood Education, Human Development and Winning the Future

   

  Someone once said that all politics is local.  It is more or less a truism as we look at how people express themselves in responses to polling questions and with their votes at the ballot box.  What could be more local than your local school?  And so when the politicians, especially those of a Progressive bent, want to tug at your heartstrings and your wallet, they invoke the children a lot,  and teaching the children, and how wonderful it is to start them out early so they can ‘Succeed”, “Win the Future”, and sundry other wonderfulisms.

     In addition to doing it for the children, we are often harassed into ‘doing it for those whose civil rights have been violated’, along with various other minority, underserved and/or presumed defenseless ones in need.  Thus was the Head Start early childhood education program born in the mid-sixties, concurrent with the War on Poverty and other social and civil rights legislation in America.  Can you believe the program has been around more than forty-five years?  That’s two generations.  The lot of those served by the Head Start Program, and by extension their families, their progeny and their communities, should have vastly improved in the intervening years, considering the absolute bedrock commitment to the program and the billions and billions of dollars poured into it over the decades.

     Well, you would have thought.  Turns out, it just hasn’t been all that many had hoped it would be, and for some reason it took two generations, rising crime and murder, and teen pregnancy and drug and gang involvement, and spreading and spreading of poverty, and the innocent release of a Department of Health and Human Services Report, for the facts about Head Start to reach the consciousness of the American public.

Obama’s proposed 2011 budget calls for increasing funding for Head Start by $1 billion.  As HUMAN EVENTS reported earlier this year, the impact study on Head Start ordered by Congress and finally released by the HHS Department in 2010 had several highly critical conclusions about the program, notably “the benefits of access to Head Start at age 4 are largely absent by first grade for the program population as a whole.”  (“Head Start Impact Study: Final Report,” p. xxxviii.)

                                                                                                                                                   

     That it took two generations for information to come out on the benefits of a government program, even if one were committed to the premise that government can solve social ills, could be excused if it were the benefits to society, or the elusive, end-of-the-rainbow quest of ‘Winning the Future”.  These things take time, don’tchaknow?  But note that’s not the information presented here.  The report says that the benefits of getting a ‘head start’ at age four are largely absent by first grade.  It took forty five years to measure that feature?  And if the whole reason for beneftting the individual kid was for the benefit of society as a whole, and winning the War on Poverty, and juvenile delinquency and every other false promise the Democrat Party signed onto to gain permanent supremacy in electoral politics via contributions, advertisement, favorite treatment and the like on the part of the ascendant Left, and it was a sham, then the last forty five years have been a sham, not just with this program, but a whole host of others.  Let the scholarly papers now flow forth.  Many of the common folk already knew all of the social engineering malarkey was just that, but they were mocked, and not just by the opposition.

     In another venue, we were treated to an exposition by our own Vassar Bushmills of the pronouncements on the subject of the development of young children by the novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand.  In short summary, she opined that the pre-kindergarten set were indeed malleable in the sense of rote education, and could be useful to those interested in using them, but that as naturally developing individuals, their removal from the home atmosphere, and all that entails, and being  thrust into a regimented environment at a too-early age, however playfully decorated, resulted in a flawed product.

     Now, whether the study of the Head Start program referenced above, or the pronouncements of Ayn Rand following that , are valid to the nth substantive degree or not, the fact remains that radical constructs have , since the beginning of the reformation of modern education and the ‘childhood development’ craze of the 1960’s, been seized upon by political movements in America as  fodder what we will call here the War on Tradition and in furtherance of some always-unclearly-defined Future that is variously described as just, efficient, fair.  The success with which the Progressives, formerly called Liberals, have held sway over the lives and fortunes of the American people for two generations has been epic.  And they are not about to let it all slip away if they can help it.  Thus the Obama Administration is apparently not only going to continue it’s support for the Head Start Program, but to increase it.  The utility of fodder decreases as its volume decreases, so that can’t be allowed to happen.

     The question now is, in the face of what the common folk have always known, long suspected, but have been too cowed into silence to insist, and that the government’s own report now confirms, what will be the course of conduct of the loyal opposition in the halls of legislation, oversight and appropriation?   At the very least, are some now going to find their voice and proclaim that the regimenting and indoctrination of the children for the purposes of  The State, however couched in flowery slogans like ‘Winning The Future’, was wrong and a false hope then, is wrong and a false hope now, and must be relegated to the dustbin of history like other failed and discredited Socialist and Communist enterprises?   Can we do it…for the children?

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  1. You could add Fascism as a failed social engineering construct as well. All those Hitler youth destroyed a people and their country.

    The move by the progressives to centralize parenting and give it over to government, is one of the most damaging that can happen to the nuclear family. But then again, that is the goal of the progressives.

  2. In regards to human development, the ages of 0-5 is a critical stage. So we should fight for all we’re worth to minimize these efforts the best we can.

    Point in question: If there are no adequate definitives on which to base student progress in education higher than this age group, then what difference does Head Start make?

  3. Yes. We have lots and lots of questions. Like I said above, why no one has asked these questions for forty five years? We have had Republican majorities in Congress, Republican Presidents. No one wants to go against the modus operandi of the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy because they have been afraid of being labelled…..racist……mean spirited……greedy capitalists…….flag-waving patriots………. And beyond political cowards, we have professional cowards, like people in EDUCATION, who are not any stupider than we are. Why no challenges? Same thing with ‘climate science’. Same thing with economics. Why was the definition of recession changed during the last election cycle to make it appear that it started under Bush, and everybody just went along with it. Questions. All we have are questions.

    • Heatofpassionski- the last was to Lineholder, but to everyone. And did you know there was such a thing as ‘Early”head start? Yep. Starts at age ….ZERO. Just squirt it out and drop it off at the local venue.
      As I often say, it is later than you think.

  4. I worked for Head Start for a summer as a temporary worker. In the Toledo government office. Every day I came home and bawled. I was paid peanuts for a temporary job that was more stressful than anything I had ever run into in my life.

    I was in charge of the whole front office. I was the first person they saw and they vented every kind of remark and hatred and frustration on me for a *failed* government program that wasted money, was disorganized and paid the “decision makers” mega-bucks when I was getting *peanuts* to make them look good and telling them “you need an appointment.” To this day I have no idea *why* I came out of that place alive. Literally.

    Papers piled ceiling high. File drawers that didn’t close because of so many papers unfiled and in the wrong spot. Case workers who “went to lunch” even when they had an appointment. Case workers who didn’t answer their extension. We were supposed to report for work at 8am. No one entered that building one second before 8am. We were to leave at 4pm. We starting packing our gear at 3:55. Not 20 seconds after 4pm, the building was vacant. I didn’t even wait for the elevator.

    I’m in excellent shape. I took the stairs down 4 flights in under 20 seconds.

    They couldn’t even get their bus schedule right.

    • Bless your heart LIO but you can’t give people anything. Something free only engenders disrespect. The only things in life that matter are things that are earned. As evidence of this, aside from the free baby-sitting service provided by Headstart, I place every Gov’t Housing project known to man, every subsidized public mass-transit system in the Country, my son’s first car and the public education system as we know it today. The best things in life are earned, to be earned it must be challenging, when challenged some humans fail while some excel. The only way to level the playing field is to remove those who would excel. Then we can all be equal!

      • I cared about the kids. Not the irresponsible parents. When the kids showed up with the big smiles on their faces at 3 and 4 years old and were told by the parent they were going to ride the big yellow school bus but the irresponsible parent hadn’t filled out the paperwork correctly and I had to tell the poor kid they weren’t going to ride that school bus it was hard to keep from crying.

  5. Oh I might add. Head Start is just a “baby sitter” for people who have bred, who don’t want the responsibility of taking care of a kid who they usually didn’t plan on. But I at least have to give them credit for *not* going to PP for an abortion. But then they want to *foist them* onto the *government* for the day so they can sleep in and *shoot up* and have their *high* over with and appear *normal* when the *kid* gets dropped off by the bus, that may or may not come, at 3pm. Plus they get a *free* lunch and breakfast. The kid, that is.

    • And the losers you talk about here, LIO, *they went to Head Start themselves!* They were supposed to grow up and be winners. And there are liberal academics who will acknowledge that what you say is true and they use that as justification for the government taking care of the kids – the very thing that caused the problem in the first place, but they will not admit it.

  6. It takes a lot of courage to stand up to the nanny state. And the smelly secret is a lot of so called Republicans, especially Republican women, are just fine with it.

    We can’t get rid of the Dept of Education because it is just too big to tackle. We can’t 86 Head Start because it isn’t that much money and isn’t worth extending the political capital to do it.

    That’s the way it works and so nothing gets changed except the programs grow incrementally.

  1. You could add Fascism as a failed social engineering construct as well. All those Hitler youth destroyed a people and their country.

    The move by the progressives to centralize parenting and give it over to government, is one of the most damaging that can happen to the nuclear family. But then again, that is the goal of the progressives.

  2. In regards to human development, the ages of 0-5 is a critical stage. So we should fight for all we’re worth to minimize these efforts the best we can.

    Point in question: If there are no adequate definitives on which to base student progress in education higher than this age group, then what difference does Head Start make?

  3. Yes. We have lots and lots of questions. Like I said above, why no one has asked these questions for forty five years? We have had Republican majorities in Congress, Republican Presidents. No one wants to go against the modus operandi of the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy because they have been afraid of being labelled…..racist……mean spirited……greedy capitalists…….flag-waving patriots………. And beyond political cowards, we have professional cowards, like people in EDUCATION, who are not any stupider than we are. Why no challenges? Same thing with ‘climate science’. Same thing with economics. Why was the definition of recession changed during the last election cycle to make it appear that it started under Bush, and everybody just went along with it. Questions. All we have are questions.

    • Heatofpassionski- the last was to Lineholder, but to everyone. And did you know there was such a thing as ‘Early”head start? Yep. Starts at age ….ZERO. Just squirt it out and drop it off at the local venue.
      As I often say, it is later than you think.

  4. I worked for Head Start for a summer as a temporary worker. In the Toledo government office. Every day I came home and bawled. I was paid peanuts for a temporary job that was more stressful than anything I had ever run into in my life.

    I was in charge of the whole front office. I was the first person they saw and they vented every kind of remark and hatred and frustration on me for a *failed* government program that wasted money, was disorganized and paid the “decision makers” mega-bucks when I was getting *peanuts* to make them look good and telling them “you need an appointment.” To this day I have no idea *why* I came out of that place alive. Literally.

    Papers piled ceiling high. File drawers that didn’t close because of so many papers unfiled and in the wrong spot. Case workers who “went to lunch” even when they had an appointment. Case workers who didn’t answer their extension. We were supposed to report for work at 8am. No one entered that building one second before 8am. We were to leave at 4pm. We starting packing our gear at 3:55. Not 20 seconds after 4pm, the building was vacant. I didn’t even wait for the elevator.

    I’m in excellent shape. I took the stairs down 4 flights in under 20 seconds.

    They couldn’t even get their bus schedule right.

    • Bless your heart LIO but you can’t give people anything. Something free only engenders disrespect. The only things in life that matter are things that are earned. As evidence of this, aside from the free baby-sitting service provided by Headstart, I place every Gov’t Housing project known to man, every subsidized public mass-transit system in the Country, my son’s first car and the public education system as we know it today. The best things in life are earned, to be earned it must be challenging, when challenged some humans fail while some excel. The only way to level the playing field is to remove those who would excel. Then we can all be equal!

      • I cared about the kids. Not the irresponsible parents. When the kids showed up with the big smiles on their faces at 3 and 4 years old and were told by the parent they were going to ride the big yellow school bus but the irresponsible parent hadn’t filled out the paperwork correctly and I had to tell the poor kid they weren’t going to ride that school bus it was hard to keep from crying.

  5. Oh I might add. Head Start is just a “baby sitter” for people who have bred, who don’t want the responsibility of taking care of a kid who they usually didn’t plan on. But I at least have to give them credit for *not* going to PP for an abortion. But then they want to *foist them* onto the *government* for the day so they can sleep in and *shoot up* and have their *high* over with and appear *normal* when the *kid* gets dropped off by the bus, that may or may not come, at 3pm. Plus they get a *free* lunch and breakfast. The kid, that is.

    • And the losers you talk about here, LIO, *they went to Head Start themselves!* They were supposed to grow up and be winners. And there are liberal academics who will acknowledge that what you say is true and they use that as justification for the government taking care of the kids – the very thing that caused the problem in the first place, but they will not admit it.

  6. It takes a lot of courage to stand up to the nanny state. And the smelly secret is a lot of so called Republicans, especially Republican women, are just fine with it.

    We can’t get rid of the Dept of Education because it is just too big to tackle. We can’t 86 Head Start because it isn’t that much money and isn’t worth extending the political capital to do it.

    That’s the way it works and so nothing gets changed except the programs grow incrementally.

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