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2013/03/03 - The Government's Plan for Diapers to Diplomas
The Government's Plan for Diapers to Diplomas - 'In summary, there were initial positive impacts from having access to Head Start, but by the end of 3rd grade there were very few impacts found for either cohort in any of the four domains of cognitive, social-emotional, health and parenting practices.' In other words, and contrary to what the President said, government preschools do not have a long-term beneficial effect, and are a waste of taxpayers' money.

2012 Archives

2012/09/02 - The Worst Preschool Curriculum
The Worst Preschool Curriculum: Too Much Stuff, Too Many Activities, and Too Little Time - Have you had enough of the back-to-school-sales frenzy? Are you tired of hearing companies blast their siren songs alerting you to buy stylish school clothes, backpacks, notebooks and Sharpies?

2012/06/24 - Discretionary Playtime Needed!
Do you remember the hazy, lazy days of summer from your childhood? I do! Fondly! Most children in the U.S. spend much of their waking hours in activities conceived and presented by adults. Are your children being short-changed?

2012/06/24 - Getting a head start
Diane Flynn Keith, founder of Universal Preschool, an advocacy group designed to protect parents' rights to determine educational choices for their children, said pre-schoolers learn best when they are permitted to explore and follow their own interests.

2012/06/24 - Head Start Misses Mark
Head Start is a socialistic 'great society' pre-school program begun by the authoritarian-socialist Lyndon Johnson in 1965. It subverts parental rights and is one of many parasitic welfare agencies that live off innocent taxpayers by destroying families and kids.

2012/06/24 - Raise children with a wild streak
A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics stresses the importance of childhood playtime. It reinforces my own belief that many young adults have been cheated by years of excessive schoolwork and teamwork, too many extracurricular activities.

2012/06/24 - Stop the Kindergarten Cop
Urge Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to VETO California Universal Preschool Bill AB 172! Act today!

2012/06/24 - Give me your poor, your tired---your toddlers
Last November the race for Illinois governor's turned into a race for our youngest children under the banner of Universal Preschool. The push for education reform is now targeting children so young they still hug their mother's knee at the sight of a stranger. How young is too young?

2012/06/24 - Preschool Pressure or Preschool Peace?
I always say my kids were homeschooled from birth, because they never went to school and they were learning from the day they were born. Yet I didn't 'school' them during the years from birth to age 5; we certainly did a lot---played inside and outside, made crafts, painted, colored, I read to them---but I never considered that homeschooling.

2012/06/24 - The Reiner Initiative and Preschool Pressures
What might be the problem with universal preschool? Where can conscientious parents and educators find common ground? In this interview, Diane Flynn Keith shares her views with Jo Scott-Coe about California's 'First Five' advertisements, Rob Reiner, standardized testing, John Taylor Gatto, Bill Gates, Oprah--and much more.

2012/06/24 - Taking the 'Pre' out of Pre-School?
Do we view pre-school as an opportunity for toddlers to learn social skills, play with each other and listen to stories? Or is preschool just an earlier opportunity to make kids test and assessment ready, training them for a lifetime of giving the right answers?

2012/06/24 - Will New CA Bill Stop Home-Preschooling?
When it comes to preschool, the race is on. I remember questions from other moms about what I was going to do regarding preschool when my oldest son was a baby. I said "we're homeschooling" because it was an easy answer and I had indeed thought about doing so, but still I felt compelled to check out preschools, to apply frantically, and to make a deposit so that my child wouldn't be left out of the race.

2012/06/24 - Is Any Preschool Right for My Child?
When my children were young, I didn't give too much thought to preschool. I knew that Scott and Michelle were soaking up information about the world at a rapid pace. I knew they didn't need to go to preschool for information about colors, letters, numbers, or for arts and crafts experiences. It wasn't that I was opposed to preschool it just didn't seem necessary.

2012/06/24 - Tax: Reiner Steals From Children
Six years after actor-director Rob Reiner won voter approval in 1998 for a 50-cent-a-pack cigarette tax, millions of dollars raised by the measure in Los Angeles County have been spent on travel and administration but the universal preschool program it was supposed to fund has yet to get up and running.

2012/06/24 - Let's Bring Back Home Mothering!
Current estimates indicate that 70% of preschool age children in California are now in daycare or preschool. It has been made possible by the widespread belief that nonparental care for children ages 0 to 5 is an acceptable choice.

2012/06/24 - The Pied Piper & The Emperor's New Clothes
When the townspeople lined up to view The Emperor's grand new royal gear, they were told that anyone who could not see it was incompetent. According to the story, a child, honest and expressive, stated what was obvious to all...

2012/06/24 - An Open Letter To Rob Reiner
Rumor Has It that you have introduced a Preschool-For-All initiative that will be on the California ballot in 2006. I fail to see the logic in your push to provide taxpayer funded preschools for every child regardless of want or need.

2012/06/24 - What Rob Reiner's Not Telling Us About Universal Preschool
Reiner is pushing an initiative that will provide government-paid preschool to all families, regardless of income level. The case for universal preschool, however, is much more porous than Reiner would have Californians believe.

2012/06/24 - Daycare: Good for Kids?
On a recent outting I had an interesting first-hand experience observing daycare. I could easily tell which were the 'real moms' and which were the 'outsourced moms'. The real moms were all sitting on the floor with their kids.

2012/06/24 - Staying Home With Your Children
For those who have decided to keep your children home with you, congratulations on giving yourself the very best gift you will ever have, the presence of your children. I have never heard any parent, after their children were grown, say they were sorry for the time that they spent with their children. For some, this seems to be extremely challenging and even a bit scary. There are many opportunities for stay-at-home parents these days...

2012/06/24 - Wait!
Parents, if you absolutely must enroll your children in school – any school, whether public or private – never rush into doing so! Early enrollment will neither help your child, nor improve your chances of teaching your child the values that your family believes to be integral to Life and living.

2012/06/24 - Preschoolers On Strike!
In a show of solidarity, preschool students throughout the country refused to go to preschool today, demanding more time at home with mom and dad. The militant activist group "Tykes On Trikes" insists the findings are skewed, biased, and paid for by organizations that stand to gain from institutionalizing little kids, such as teacher's unions.

2012/06/24 - It Does NOT Take A Village To Raise A Child
It does not take a village to raise a child. It takes a nurturing family. Period. I am distressed by this rhetoric that implies that a family is incapable of taking care of its own. Who thinks this stuff up - the village idiot?

2012/06/24 - No Place Like Home
My son, who's now four, began preschool when he was three. I intentionally wanted to keep him home for at least three years, but he was expressing a desire to make some friends, so I thought I'd send him for one day a week.

2012/06/24 - 'Preschool Is A Stupid, Boring, Waste of My Time!'
Recently, a reporter from a parenting newsmagazine called me and requested an interview for an article to be titled, 'Homepreschooling.' 'Homeschooling preschool?' I asked in disbelief.

2012/06/24 - What to do with Grandma and Scooter
Making preschool mandatory for all America's tots makes about as much sense as making nursing homes mandatory for all America's elders.

2012/06/24 - Fad and Fancy for Families
After hearing First 5 California's spokesman, Rob Reiner, recently speak once again publicly this time on a local radio station--I am compelled to share an opposite viewpoint about mandated, universal preschool.

2012/06/24 - Behind the Claims
If you live in California then you've probably seen the ads on TV. Two police officers are riding in a patrol car discussing crime. They park the car; get out, look into the camera and say, You want to stop crime? Send your kids to preschool.


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