Universal Pre K and federally funded preschool has become a hot topic indeed. The current administration is throwing millions of dollars into early childhood education. Many parents, especially inner city parents who are in dire need of daycare, forced to barely keep above water financially, are thrilled about this. However, in this educational climate with Fed Led Ed, and corporate profit, and common core as well as data mining, this is not necessarily a blessing. Perhaps quite the opposite. Many are warning parents to not look at this federally funded and controlled option as free daycare. These children are going to be monitored, tested, data minded, and rigor will abound. The days of play with paint, crayon, and naps, are over in this setting.
“Universal,” under this setting, likely leads to mandated, because it is based on funding, and profits that cannot be obtained otherwise. And any money that comes from the government comes with strings. Kids not will be in preschool playing and doing developmentally appropriate tasks. They will be subject to “rigor, and full day demands under common core. The Gates and big business agenda will begin even earlier.
Education in our country is fast becoming a monopoly, with political and financial forces at the healm. These people care nothing for education or children. The programs they want to insist upon are not based on past success, data, or fact. The programs are not designed by early childhood specialists. The almighty dollar reigns supreme.
Enclosed in this blog piece are links to some critiques on these programs. Please make your own decisions. But realize that under common core and data mining for all, even the littlest babies, this new initiative is not about “free, high quality, daycare”, as it is neither free, nor high quality.
To explain further,
“Moreover, as we have seen in the K-12 reform movement, standard outcomes go hand-in-hand with testing and data gathering on our children. The early childhood movement will be no different. In order to evaluate the programs, students will need to be assessed on their progress as measured against the standards. Teachers, who may be held accountable for the progress of their students, will naturally move toward increased direct instruction on the standards. Long-standing research shows us that increased direct instruction as opposed to play-based learning has a significant negative impact on creativity in children. And once creativity has been stifled, especially during those crucial early years, the damage may be incalculable.”
“Then there’s the alarming encroachment of data miners into the lives of parents and their young children. As I’ve reported previously, Common Core-aligned assessment systems such as Teaching Strategies Gold in Colorado and California’s “Desired Results Developmental Profile” are stockpiling massive amounts of information on preschoolers’ social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive development. The collection of data and accompanying assessment inevitably dictate the content in the classroom.”
“The President also announced Invest in US, a new public awareness campaign promoting public/private partnerships to build cradle-to-kindergarten “high quality” early education geared focused on school readiness, higher achievement and workforce preparedness.
It is in partnership with the First Five Years Fund, whose influential investors include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the premiere financier of the Common Core State Standards. Also on the list are the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, George Kaiser Family Foundation, WK Kellogg Foundation, Pritzker Children’s Initiative, David and Lucille Packard Foundation, and Heising-Simons Foundation. ”
“Early Head Start is the pre-preschool version of Head Start. Head Start’s Program Standards or the National Institute for Early Education Research are cited as the program’s benchmarks, Breitbart Texas reported. This kind of pre-K also comes with a mandate for voluntary home visits.”
“As you might imagine, the administrative and financial burdens on small, privately run part-time preschool programs would be even more onerous. Fatal. And exactly as planned.”
“After attending TS Gold training sessions last year, Cindee Will, principal of the James Irwin Charter Academy in Colorado Springs, calculated that compliance, not including taking and uploading photos of students as required, would soak up at least 16.5 hours of kindergarten class time per week or 640 hours a year of instruction in class. Test administration four times a year for an average of 25 students, she told me, would mean “150 hours per year or 2.5 months: one quarter of our time. And this equation is done with the knowledge that our K program is a half-day program!”
Think Obamacare is bad? Well, welcome to TotCare. The goal of the educational central planners, you see, is the elimination of competition. The fact is that the vast majority of Pre-K kids are already happily enrolled in early childhood programs outside of Fed Ed’s clutches. The “problem” isn’t most families’ lack of access to preschool. It’s Washington’s lack of access to your kids for their institutionalized warehousing, data mining and pedagogical propaganda schemes. The Nanny State’s ceaseless quest for control keeps creepily rolling along.”
Here it is, in a nutshell. All that the oligarchs and the like want from our babies. In plain words. Mandatory K AND PRE K, with very difficult (read : age inappropriate material). Goodbye childhood, hello career ready from diapers on. Cradle to career has never been clearer than now. This piece is must read, with a critical eye, as it is under this current regime of mismanagement by the USDOE that these words are written.
An ideal early childhood program consists of a nurturing environment that is play-based, with ideals that promote security. Parents want devoted caregivers, not test proctors. Children need age appropriate tasks. There are philosophies implemented in already existing successful non-federal daycare options, which guide what should be taught to young children, and by what methods. These programs that provide the ideal environment are based on years of research on biological development. Screening instruments to provide intervention for children who may be in need are already in place under the already existing model, without data mining, age inappropriate expectations, and a cradle to career pathway looming large. If we expect rigor, if we remove play, children will be unsuccessful and unhappy. There are large strings here and much to lose, if parents buy into the free daycare belief. A truly charitable financial backing of pre school would not include the workforce readiness and data mining agenda. It is up to you to look beyond the glittery headlines as a parent and citizen.