Tuesday night, during his fifth annual State of the Union Address, President Barack Hussein Obama (mm mmm mmmm) announced a new Education Initiative.
These initiatives in manufacturing, energy, infrastructure, housing — all these things will help entrepreneurs and small business owners expand and create new jobs. But none of it will matter unless we also equip our citizens with the skills and training to fill those jobs. (Applause.)
And that has to start at the earliest possible age. Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road. But today, fewer than 3 in 10 four year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program. Most middle-class parents can’t afford a few hundred bucks a week for a private preschool. And for poor kids who need help the most, this lack of access to preschool education can shadow them for the rest of their lives. So tonight, I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America. (Applause.) That’s something we should be able to do.
Every dollar we invest in high-quality early childhood education can save more than seven dollars later on — by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime. In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children, like Georgia or Oklahoma, studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, form more stable families of their own. We know this works. So let’s do what works and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind. Let’s give our kids that chance. (Applause.)
Evidently, Government-ran Preschools are very important to President Obama. So much so, that the perpetual campaigner has hit the campaign trail to push the idea.
Yesterday, the local CBS affiliate in Atlanta filed the following story:
Secret Service agents began doing security sweeps at the Decatur Recreation Center and at the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center before daybreak.
Decatur City Schools are on winter break this week. However, College Heights remained open because classes for infants to three-year-olds were still in session. A school system spokeswoman said 100 percent of the teachers and 75 percent of the students in the school’s pre-kindergarten program agreed to come to the school during their time off for the president’s visit.
After touring College Heights and interacting with the children, Obama said in his speech at the Decatur Recreation Center that he wants to make preschool available to all 4-year-olds, a vast expansion of existing early childhood education programs.
He said that education has to start at the earliest possible age.
Obama claimed that every dollar spent on early education saves $7 for the government later on.
“This works. We know it works. If you are looking for a good bang for your educational buck, this is it right here,” said Obama.
The College Heights facility is unique because it provides early learning to children from birth to age four. It’s funded through a partnership between City Schools of Decatur, and Partners for Community Action, Inc. (Head Start Program).
Spotted in the crowd were several local state reps and senators, Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson and former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland.
As Obama pitches his plan, at the Capitol in Washington D.C., Education Secretary Arne Duncan is telling senators that one out of every 13 students already in Head Start classrooms could be left out if lawmakers don’t sidestep a March 1 budget meltdown.
The push to increase and preserve options for pre-kindergarten children comes as Obama’s team is warning Congress — and lawmakers’ constituents — what is expected to happen if leaders fail to avert $85 billion in automatic budget cuts that will impact national security and domestic programs alike.
Other countries have tried National Preschool Programs. For instance, the old Soviet Union. FreeDictionary.com describes the system of Soviet Preschool Institutions, circa 1979, as
…institutions for the social upbringing of infants (from one to three years of age) and children of preschool age (three to seven years of age). In the USSR the system of preschool institutions includes créches, créche-kindergartens, and kindergartens. V. I. Lenin ascribed enormous importance to the development of pre-school institutions, which he called the “shoots of communism.” In the article “A Great Beginning” he wrote: “Public catering establishments, nurseries, kindergartens—here we have examples of these shoots, here we have the simple, everyday means, involving nothing pompous, grandiloquent, or ceremonial, which can really emancipate women, really lessen and abolish their inequality with men as regards their role in social production and public life”(Poln. sobr. soch., 5th ed., vol. 39, p. 24).
In the USSR, social preschool upbringing, an organic part of the public education system, enjoys the attention and concern of the Communist Party and the Soviet government. The upbringing of children in preschool institutions is based on a single scientific program worked out by Soviet preschool pedagogy. As of Jan. 1, 1971, there were 83,000 kindergartens and créche-kindergartens with a combined enrollment of 8.1 million children. There are special preschool institutions under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Public Health of the USSR for children with physical and mental handicaps. Specialists who work in preschool institutions are trained at pedagogical colleges and institutes. The Doshkol’noe vospitanie (Preschool Upbringing) deals with work experiences obtained in preschool institutions and methods and theories of social preschool upbringing.
After personally witnessing what this Administration’s “educational philosophy, already in our public schools, I can predict, without hesitation, that nationally-run Preschools will not only be Centers of Education, they will also be Indoctrination Centers, where, as Obama himself has called them, “the most vulnerable among us”, will be exposed to all of the government-funded social engineering programs that our children and grandchildren, who are presently attending public schools, under the auspices of the Obama Administration’s Department of Education, are being indoctrinated in.
That’s right, little Johnny. The United States of America is just another country. There is no such thing as American Exceptionalism. See how much fun it is when you “share the wealth”?
The scary thing is, preschoolers’ “spirit of discernment”, while present, is not fully formed , yet. At 4 years old, children are very malleable, and easily led by suggestion (like Liberals).
If your goal was to “radically change” the greatest country on the face of God’s green Earth, who would you start with?
Until He Comes,