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Preschool for All: childhood’s end

MinnPost is clearly enthusiastic about increased federal funding for preschool (“Arne Duncan promotes Preschool for All to close ‘opportunity gap’,” July 16). Not mentioned, however, is the fact that to be funded, preschool programs have to include standards in language and literacy, and math and science, and that 4-year old children will be tested regularly on their progress.

In other words, preschool is now school, with a curriculum and tests. In other words, Preschool for All is simply an extension of the common-core standards and tests. There is no evidence supporting the common core for older students and there is no reason to impose it on 4-year olds.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Rolf Westgard on 07/18/2013 - 04:01 am.

    Closing the gap

    Pre school for low income and minority students appears to be the best option to close this “opportunity gap” from others whose homes include two parents, computers, correct English, etc.
    Let’s not quibble about whether there is testing, etc.

  2. Submitted by Susan Ohanian on 07/19/2013 - 06:06 am.

    Pre-School for all

    Thank you for posting a letter that points out the facts about President Obama’s plan to put pre-schoolers on an academic treadmill. Children only get to be four years old once. As Jim Trelease points out: The prime purpose of being four is to enjoy being four — of secondary importance is to prepare for being five.

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