Pre-K initiatives are a waste of money.
So says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
Long Overdue Head Start Evaluation Shows No Lasting Benefit for ChildrenWe all know that Tim Kaine's proposal to fund pre-K education was just a sop to the state's teachers' unions. But this report might finally put an end to all the silliness - and prevent the waste of taxpayer dollars.
After some prodding, yesterday the Obama administration released the long-overdue first grade evaluation of the federal Head Start program. As expected, the results show that the $7 billion per year program provides little benefit to children – and great expense to taxpayers.
The evaluation, which was mandated by Congress during the 1998 reauthorization of the program, found little impact on student well-being. After collecting data on more than 5,000 three and four-year-old children randomly assigned to either a Head Start or a non Head Start control group, the Department of Health and Human Services found “few sustained benefits”. From the report:
"In sum, this report finds that providing access to Head Start has benefits for both 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds in the cognitive, health, and parenting domains, and for 3-year-olds in the social-emotional domain. However, the benefits of access to Head Start at age four are largely absent by 1st grade for the program population as a whole. For 3-year-olds, there are few sustained benefits, although access to the program may lead to improved parent-child relationships through 1st grade…" [link]
Uh ... Might? what am I thinking? It was never about education. Why should it be in the future?