We have recently had some front page news articles around here about government spending on what I’ll call “early childhood education” programs. The support is that this is good for the kids, no child left behind, they start pushing the learning earlier. The opponents say this is basically just a new name for tax payer sponsored daycare. The academic edge the kids get is negligible, and that many studies have shown that the earlier kids are put in these settings (i.e. away from their parents) the more commitment/bonding/attachment issues they have later.
And of course, there is the strictly monetary concern, do we want our tax dollars paying for your daycare, which time and again our taxpayers have voted no.
The implication from the supporters (and media) seems to be that you are a horrible parent if you don’t want your child in school settings starting at age 3, and that you are a horrible person if you don’t think all kids should have this benefit with your tax dollars.
What do you all think?