No Toddler Left Behind Means Younger Government-Controlled Children

“Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road.”  Obama said this in last Tuesday’s State of the Union address, arguing that the federal government should provide preschool education.  Among his multitudinous straw man arguments and big-government strategies, this is just another plan for more government control of our children at the taxpayers’ expense.

While early learning is a benefit to children, this doesn’t mean that earlier formal school will benefit them. Why should we subject toddlers to the same education system that is failing our kindergarten through twelfth graders?   American students are currently at the bottom when it comes to test scores in subjects like math and science.  A quarter of our kids are dropping out of high school, and many of those who do graduate can’t read at grade level.  Despite failing our children, the government’s constant answer is that the schools need more money.  Yet the more money they get, the worse our students do every year. This is just another pitch to gain influence over younger and younger children, continue to erode parental rights, and to gain more jobs for teachers and their unions who vote for big government.

The same problems we see for day-care kids vs. children who are cared for at home will pervade this new proposed school system.  Daycare kids are twelve times more likely to get the flu than those cared for at home.  Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that toddlers in daycare are more insecure, anxious, aggressive, hyperactive, defiant and disobedient.  What kind of teenagers and adults do they become with this as their foundation?  Just as the constant change in personnel negatively affects daycare children’s sense of trust and security, so will this be the case for younger children going through government run public school systems.

Licensed and “trained professionals” are already forming the value systems of our children as they have them for thousands of hours away from their parents’ care.  Obama will put children who are at a critical and vulnerable stage in their psychological and behavioral development under the care of people who are not accountable for any mistakes or false teaching.  It will not help children, poor or otherwise.  What it will do is create a division in the authority figures in children’s lives.

Estimates are that this will cost taxpayers $98 billion over ten years.  Families who are already struggling will bear the burden of even more money taken out of their pockets to be used not only to indoctrinate their children but also to undermine their parental guidance and authority.

What really sets children up for success at every stage of development is a strong nuclear family unit, not government-run education.  But strong families are less likely to teach their children victim-hood and government dependence.  That’s a problem for an administration that wants ever more government control over the lives of its citizens.

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About Jude Eden, Jane of Trades

Jude Eden is a Hillsdale College grad, a Jewish Marine Corps Iraq War Veteran, cancer survivor, musician, conservative activist and the wife of a legal immigrant. Follow on Twitter at @Jude_Eden View all posts by Jude Eden, Jane of Trades

10 responses to “No Toddler Left Behind Means Younger Government-Controlled Children

  • Sonya Greer

    Amen, Amen, Amen! Well written, thanks for putting my agreeing thoughts on paper! Sonya Greer

  • Patsy Odom

    So true; government wants to teach our children its liberal social behaviors. Schools should be teaching what it takes to get a job. Parents should be teaching everything else.

    • Jude Eden, Jane of Trades

      I agree except that it’s not the school’s job to train kids for jobs, it’s their job to educate them – that is, reading, math and science. It’s a mistake that a lot of people, especially nowadays are making. School isn’t for job training and neither is college. It’s becoming educated that makes one better at whatever one chooses to do, while training kids for a type of job limits them to only that field.

  • Jane Burgess

    Excellent info, Jude. Send a copy to every member of Congress!!

  • Jim Martin

    How beautifully worded and how true it is. Our government should crack down on those persons who generation after generation live on welfare. 70% of Black children born out of wedlock! Now we want to provide child care called pre-school so these parents will have more time to enjoy the government hand outs and make more babies that others must pay for. This is another border we need to close.

    Jim

    • Jude Eden, Jane of Trades

      I don’t understand what you mean by crack down but the government is not going to do anything about its wards that continually keep it in power because they’re dependent on welfare. The solution is not the government, it’s the community of parents themselves.

  • maggiemurphy

    Jude, you made some excellent points! I personally think parents should choose within their own homes whether a child should attend pre-school. It makes me cringe to think it might become a government standard. However, here’s a different perspective. What’s your opinion about more money being introduced for Developmental Kindergarden instead of pre-school? The reason I ask is two of my kids went into main stream Kindergarden, and one was placed in DK (a few years before the program was terminated due to low funding). As a life long educator, I have seen children who were not ready for K, but their parents placed them there to get them out of the house. I think the extra year would make a huge difference for those younger children who aren’t ready to enter the main stream, but do not have a choice. I look forward to your thoughts.

    • Jude Eden, Jane of Trades

      Sounds the same as government funded preschool, so a bad idea for the same reasons I state in the article. I would suggest that parents are not just sending their kids to kindergarten to get them out of the house but because 5 years old is the standard for sending kids to school. I would also suggest that if kids aren’t ready for kindergarten that parents take the responsibility and help each other rather than leaving it to the government, which is never the solution.

  • maggiemurphy

    I wish in education we would get away from regulating and let the teachers and the community make the best decisions for students based on their individual needs. Regarding DK, my daughter attended our Catholic preschool for a year and as the youngest child was ready to leave the house and join her big brothers. Another year of preschool would have been boring for her, yet she wasn’t quite ready for Kindergarden, and she didn’t want to stay home with me. As a parent, I was grateful to have DK as an option.

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