The Department of Education has announced plans to dedicate $133 million to in state comprehensive early education reform. Can’t have the little ones building sand castles and playing house. No, no, no. That just won’t do. What you need are options, “high quality” options, designed to cover your children from birth to five years of age!!!!
The language of the announcement is pretty straightforward, although I have enhanced and emphasized a few things. Everything in bold and purple is mine. You may need Tums or Pepto Bismol if you think about what they intend.
“The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge has demonstrated the dedication among states and early education and child development experts to raise the bar on early
learning indoctrination,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Continuing to support states with 2012 funding will help build on the momentum from the 2011 competition, and engage more states in furthering their critical work to transition effective early learning programs indoctrination into systems of excellence.”
In 2011, 35 States, D.C. and Puerto Rico applied to Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, creating plans that increase access to high-quality
programs indoctrination for children from low-income families, and provide more children from birth to age 5 with a strong foundation needed to succeed in school and beyond. In December 2011, nine states were awarded grants-California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington.
“What happens in early childhood sets the stage for everything that follows in life,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “These new Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grants will help some of our youngest citizens thrive in school, be successful through adolescence and grow into healthy,
successful compliant adults.” [ed.gov]
Eric Scheiner reporting for CNS
CNSNews.com asked Duncan, “Do you think it’s better to have tax programs — when you look at the money that’s being spent here — or other initiatives to help a parent stay at home with a child, or do you think it’s better to have a child entered in one of these pre-kindergarten programs?”
“It’s really a personal choice for families, Duncan replied. “My challenge is, there are a lot of families, like at this school right here — a 400-person waiting list, the parents asking for those opportunities and they’re not available. So, parents want to keep their children at home or want to send them to school – I just want more high quality options available.
“If we’re serious about closing achievement gaps and leveling the playing field I think the best thing we can do is have our children enter our kindergarten at 5 ready to learn and ready to read and so expanding access in disadvantaged communities where families are looking for it. I think its critically important work for our country to do. That’s why we’re continuing to invest year after year,” Duncan continued.
CNSNews.com followed up, “But would you support tax breaks as well, for parents that want to stay home with their children?”
“It’s something we can look at, but again we just need a lot more access to high quality programs. That’s what we’re focused on.”
Click here to see slimy Duncan respond to CNS interviewer.
As a home school, we never wanted a tax break, because that would mean inevitable government intrusion. But it should be clear to anyone reading the DOE document, that the goal is not to the true benefit of the traditional family. By making it easier and easier to turn our children over to them at a younger and younger age, it will ultimately result in something like a future shock novel or movie. Infants will become global citizens, not your children.