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Oregon To Get $20 Million In Federal Funding For Preschool

With federal money comes federal control.

Is Kitzhaber finally on the road to his dream of universal preschool for Oregon, separating children from their parents and putting them under the influence of the state as early as possible?

The Statesman Journal reports:

A $20 million Race to the Top grant will help parents better determine quality preschool and childcare programs while offering providers a pathway to improve.

Oregon will use the money to develop a rating system that evaluates preschool and daycare programs on a scale of one through five based on criteria including staff training.

The program will also offer mentoring, tutoring and training to providers who want to improve their practice and their scores.

“It’s going to give families clear, practical information on quality programs and where to send their children,” said Jada Rupley as Oregon’s Early Learning Systems Director.

How about encouraging parents to keep them home and teach them their ABC’s and 123’s?   Preschool skills aren’t brain surgery.  They’re not difficult for the average parent to teach…certainly easier than teaching a child to use the potty or sleep in their own bed!

But the State of Oregon isn’t interested in empowering parents.  They want to empower bureaucrats.   So their goal is to encourage parents to hand their children over to preschools at the earliest opportunity, where the “professionals” can begin molding their minds while they’re still young and impressionable.

Keep in mind that the state of Oregon only runs K-12 government schools.  They have no jurisdiction over preschools.

That hasn’t stopped the Oregon Senate from creating Early Learning Council, which takes it upon itself to “ensure all chil­dren are ready to learn when they enter kinder­garten.”

Last I checked, that was the PARENTS’ job, not the state’s.

Their justification is misleading:

Research shows early learning is critical in helping students reach and maintain academic success. Those who start behind often stay behind.

What it DOESN’T show is that “early learning” is best achieved through preschools, especially those funded and/or provided by government.

Two of the biggest impacts on early success are programs with highly trained workers and the quality of the program, Rupley said.

The factor Rupley is deliberately omitting?   Parents.   Liberals begin with the false premise that a government program, not the family, is automatically the best way to achieve “early success.”   Their only question is how the government workers should be trained and the “quality” of the program.

I’ve got news for them: no government program on earth can replace an involved parent when it comes to education.   If you don’t believe me, just look at the “quality” of that fantastic “program” known as K-12 public schools.   And they want to replicate that same disaster on our youngest children?

I don’t think so!

Cross posted at ThoughtsFromAConservativeMom.com

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  1. Christina Waller's Gravatar Christina Waller
    January 1, 2013    

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    IF all parents were ready, willing, and able to prepare their children for kindergarten as you state is their responsibility then this preschool/early learning funding as indicated would not be needed. However, as an Early Childhood educator, I have first hand experience to state that not ALL parents are preparing their children for school. Programs that are providing this education are a tremendous resource for families, as well, offering parenting workshops and community support services.

    • January 1, 2013    

      That’s the excuse for EVERY government intervention under the sun: Parents don’t educate or feed or otherwise raise their children the way the Ruling Class thinks they should, therefore government is going to bribe them with free programs that basically let the “experts” raise the kids instead. Government isn’t interested in EMPOWERING parents….they want to REPLACE parents. Then you wonder why some parents aren’t involved, when the government is basically offering to take their responsibilities off their hands for free? Government CREATES the very problem it claims it wants to solve, and the kids end up getting hurt the most.

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