The current administration recently announced federal funding to the tune of $500 million for innovative early learning programs for children under the age of 5. Advocates claim this will get children, particularly the poor, prepared for kindergarten and result in them having better opportunities to learn. Opponents believe this is not the government’s job and that the costs will escalate well beyond initial projections.
Jennifer Garner, actress turned advocate for Save the Children, thanked the administration for the funding but warned, “this is not enough.” She went on to tell reporters, “I have a child entering kindergarten and believe it or not, a huge part of why you are successful and bright and cheerful, clean, pretty looking people is because you were able to sit in a circle when you got to kindergarten – that is kindergarten readiness.”
So let’s get this straight, Ms. Garner and others like her believe that being able to be still and sit in a circle is kindergarten readiness? Try selling this concept to the parents of any healthy, active 5 year old boy or even some girls. Could the objective of the program be to produce a bunch of cookie-cutter kids that behave the way they are told and, therefore, can be trained in a way that will allow the government to teach young absorbent minds what it wants them to learn?
Isn’t it the parents responsibility to provide the early instruction, basic training if you will, for the children? They teach the toddlers by example, reading to them and exposing them to society. Family values are a big part of a child’s development. Should parents leave this up to the state? What about the notion of religious teaching? No school receiving federal funding will be permitted carry out the wishes of all parents, so whatever the children are taught will necessarily be religion-free.
By taking the child out of the home environment the parent forfeits the early nurturing contact with the youngster and deprives the children this basic need. Operating under government regulations will mean all children must receive the same degree of care and attention in order to provide equal treatment.
Some may argue that many families are comprised of working couples or single parents, which justifies the need for toddler schools. This is outweighed by the potential loss of parental control and authority government run facilities the will occur. If you doubt this, look at today’s public elementary schools compared to when we were young. Bible reading and prayer are out, but revisionist history and gender diversity education are in.
This new program is designed to establish the government as the super-parent, the all-knowing and all-providing entity that will take care of everyone’s needs from the cradle on, and do it fairly as opposed to the way a living, loving parent does. Is this what America is becoming? If you like this, go with it. If you question this approach to raising our kids, contact your elected representative and let them know that you believe parents must have responsibility over their children.