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ViktorN 09:45 AM on 02/14/2013
Head Start doesn't work, and hasn't worked for decades, to the tunes of hundreds of millions. Why should we create another massive program that doesn't work? 
The problem of kids "not hearing enough words by kindergarten" is cultural and it starts in the home. Government can't intervene enough to make a difference. Our public education system has proven this over and over. There simply aren't enough  Read More...
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tomato tomahto
03:01 AM on 02/14/2013
another breath, another lie
saldog
Rich getting richer under Obama
02:48 AM on 02/14/2013
PIE meet SKY!! California even had to cut funding for our universal pre-K. How about this: Raise your own children and read to them at night. Tell them stories when you tuck them in. Don't leave their mother because you have no personal character. If you can't afford them, please use one of those free Obamacare condoms and do not have one. I am sick of President Blablama telling me that I have to raise my own children and pay for them and then pay to raise other people's children also.
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Independents Rule
If it ain't broke, fix it till it is !
04:20 AM on 02/14/2013
You are not being patriotic if you are unwilling to help pay for other peoples kids.

Now man up, fly your flag and open that wallet up....
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popman
Not a puppet
05:26 AM on 02/14/2013
Whoa...what a concept.... Raising you own children...

We as a country seemed to have done that very thing for a couple of centuries without the federal government helping us....

But it's hard to indoctrinate little brains on a collectivism mindset when mommy and daddy are passing on their value system and not a government program
saldog
Rich getting richer under Obama
11:42 PM on 02/14/2013
You are kidding, right?  My wallet is already open enough.  I would be willing to help extra to help but then I watch these people complain about their medical copays while texting on their $500 phones.  The bigger the trough, the more pigs will come.  The faster we take it away, the quicker we rebuild America.  I could be wrong.
02:38 AM on 02/14/2013
This isn't about education at all. Its about providing taxpayer funded daycare for millions of children so their parents can be even less responsible for them than they are now.
02:38 AM on 02/14/2013
Time to ring up the feds.... we need more fake money......
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Napoleon3
02:31 AM on 02/14/2013
Definition of a lame duck President:

Gun Control. Never going to happen.

Climate Control. Are you serious

Immigration reform. Don't think so but maybe a chance

$9 hour? I am on the floor laughing if you think Obama can do this.

But hey liberals love him for what he says not what he does. So he accomplished his job.
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ncweb76
06:44 AM on 02/14/2013
Obama has accomplished quite a bit. Anyone with an open mind willing to see both sides and do some research will see he has done a lot of good. Do I agree with everything? NO. But to say he has done nothing good is absolutely outrageous. The facts do not fit with your assertions.
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09:40 AM on 02/14/2013
Gun control is already happening Napolean. The Empire State is leading the way. Minimum wage increase is certainly going to happen.
02:03 AM on 02/14/2013
Isn't it bad enough that the government indoctrinates children ages 5 to 18? Do they also want to indoctrinate babies?
ThinkGlobal
Military Spending Killing America
12:31 AM on 02/14/2013
Pour money in banks instead of pre-school and higher education? What sense does this really make for America's future. Congress get with Americans a future. Is China stiffing on education NO.
11:49 PM on 02/13/2013
The last place it's going to work is in his home state of Illinois.
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El Chingaso
Reality-based infusion.
10:34 PM on 02/13/2013
Obama sure loves to use children as "emotional leverage" to rally support for acquiring additional control over the masses. One would think the ACA is enough.

(Psst. German history, circa the late-1930s through the early-1940s, is an ideal metaphor for his majesty's consistent reasoning patterns.)
02:21 AM on 02/14/2013
With this stupid, uninformed post, I have to wonder if you are fighting for mental stability....
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f0rTyLeGz
Everything is falling.
02:24 AM on 02/14/2013
The right is suffering, and clearly they have tea baggers on the payroll, who are now trolling the liberal websites with drivel.
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El Chingaso
Reality-based infusion.
06:56 AM on 02/14/2013
Good luck, Congo. You're going to need it, bro...
02:38 AM on 02/14/2013
Psst, You're Godwin's Law in action.
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El Chingaso
Reality-based infusion.
07:19 AM on 02/14/2013
Hey, Eardrum. Clean out the wax, man, and start listening to research findings. The US HHS' "Head Start Impact Study" is a good place to start. (Google is easy to use and might help you locate the document.) Obama's preschool proposal in his recent State of the Union Address is identical to such inanity.

(Note: The "Y" in "You're" didn't require capitalization. Tsk-tsk. Sad. Head Start alum, I presume?)
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10:22 PM on 02/13/2013
Pre school is glorified daycare. I have worked both daycares and pre school and they are pretty much the same. My kids are 12 and 13 and I never put them in "pre school" or daycare because it is HORRIBLE for children and both of my kids have always been a head of their classes. I give credit for not EVER putting my children through daycare/children insane asylum as well. Children at that age need to be in the care of their parents and if they want their kids to have a head start, they need to teach them at home where they get proper naps, food and attention. The pre schools I worked at there was always dramma. Children crying for their mothers, getting bit, pushed fighting for attention because there are too many 4-5 year olds to try to teach at once. They are at the age the dont know how yet to have "social skills" at their age. All they know how to do to communicate is scream, cry, throw things, bite, spit...the list goes on. The poor children are exhausted by the time their parents come and get them. Some parents only leave them for a couple hours thinking they are "socializing" their kids in turn all it's doing is making them ornery and stressed. The majority of the children stay 7 hour days or more because parents are working, so yes, it's a glorified daycare.
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f0rTyLeGz
Everything is falling.
02:28 AM on 02/14/2013
I totally agree with you. If you want your children to excel, then keep them out of pre-school, and teach them to read before they can walk. Teach them addition and subtraction. Teach them to swim.

People who depend on schools to teach their children how to read are making a big mistake.
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09:36 AM on 02/14/2013
So what you did when you were employed wasn't good enough for your own kids?? Sounds pretty hypocritical to me. My children have wonderful memories from their pre-k days. My youngest will graduate from high school this June and is still in contact with friends she made in pre-k.
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onionboy
Blessed are the Cheese Makers
11:42 AM on 02/15/2013
It starts kids on socialization and how to have a routine without their parents standing over them.

Most kindergarten teachers will tell you that they can usually tell in the first week which kids have been an actual structured preschool and which have not.
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Robert Buttons
09:27 PM on 02/13/2013
Preschool is worthless and Obama knows it. One of the best preschool studies was the Chicago Study by Reynolds, etal (Science 15 Jul 11). These spent an astronomical $9,200 per student year to provide the best possible education experience, follow-up was done when the subjects turned 28. The preschool kids were earning a paltry $11,582---only slightly above the controls, $10,796.
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El Chingaso
Reality-based infusion.
10:07 PM on 02/13/2013
Fascinating data.
10:09 PM on 02/13/2013
There are other studies that prove otherwise (High Scope Perry Preschool Project). Not only did these students do better in later life but they had more stable lives (fewer prison terms, better marriages etc.)

Common sense alone should tell us that the most critical time for brain development and language acquisition are the first few years of life.
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Robert Buttons
10:42 PM on 02/13/2013
High/scope is hopelessly out of date: 50 years ago!! and featured only N=123. That is not very strong data!
Are you seriously advocating "common sense" over scientific data? Seriously?
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BPPolitics
11:29 AM on 02/14/2013
Maybe then we shouldn't allow just any person to have a baby... only those who can offer their children that best brain development and language acquisition in the early years should be allowed to be parents.
09:26 PM on 02/13/2013
Chicago spends 1/10 of 1% of its budge on early childhood education, but 39% on Prisons.
Moreover, the state is going to cut back farther leaving 90,000 preschoolers bereft of the stimulation and eduction that a growing brain needs in order to process information as an adult.

This nation is a disgrace, and if cost determines what must be done, then the decline of America is ensured.
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Independents Rule
If it ain't broke, fix it till it is !
04:32 AM on 02/14/2013
It's a shame parents can't do thier job and educate their own childeren, so much so that the President has to campaign for funds so that States have to do it?

Shame on you for blaming anyone but the real prolem.... Parents.
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l78lancer
Wisdom is the principal thing
08:23 PM on 02/13/2013
Who needs advocates like these if they are such cowards that the idea of expansion scares them?

How about this: why not get behind the president and push for it?
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El Chingaso
Reality-based infusion.
10:12 PM on 02/13/2013
Why? Explain.
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l78lancer
Wisdom is the principal thing
10:21 PM on 02/13/2013
Why not get behind the president and push for it?  Why not?
08:13 PM on 02/13/2013
Great piece. Surprising you didn't automatically buy into every promise the President made. I like what he said but believe 100% that it won't go anywhere.

I think what we've learned from this President is that when he speaks, his primary concern is how it comes off, not necessarily how can improve the country or solve a problem.

This SOTU was a bit awkward. He needed to present a bold and forward looking agenda while at the same time acknowledging that the economy and the country really aren't in a great place. Nothing near to what he told us during the campaign. But he pulled it off well.

I guess that's all the media really cares about; the speech.
07:53 PM on 02/13/2013
One way to find the money, which would probably be impossible.

Move the money away from subsdizing all the adults earning B.Ed, M.Ed, D.Ed and advanced certificates in managing the music curriculum for the deaf, were turned to to money subsidizing the education of pre-school children.

Worse yet, what if the budget of the Departments of Edcuation at the Federal and State levels were stop from paying for the "real leaders in education" to earn big bucks in consulting and seminars, and put it toward the education of pre-school children.

What if all the "support staff" helping the senior staff in all levels of education, including government were replaced by 'smart phone'.

What if per diems, transportation money, and banquets, and their associated planning were decreased substantially.

Of course that would be out of the question. Really does "cannon fodder" really need to be that literate, or God forbid, capable of critical thinking.

Finally, what if Secretary Duncan's grand tours to various schools, to give pep talks were halted, and the money put into educaton pre-school children.

Hey a few hundred thousand dollars here, and a few hundered thousand dollars there can add up to some real pre-school classes.
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Robert Buttons
09:28 PM on 02/13/2013
Except the data shows preschool does not work.