Should the Government Fund Public Preschools?

1739 WordsFeb 25, 20187 Pages
Money cannot buy happiness, but it can buy education. In this great country of ours, education is not a privilege it is a right. All children are given the opportunity to a free education. An education that should allow them to become high school graduates, 21st Century scholars, and prepare them as leaders to sustain this nation. What happens though when this is not the future for all children? The problem at hand is not all children are receiving the same educational opportunities. Not all children graduate from high school and not all lead successful careers as adults. Why is this the outcome for some and not others? One main reason behind students not being successful later in school is related to the readiness of the child when they enter school. “Evidence suggests that children’s academic skills at school entry are linked to their later school achievement (Entwisle & Alexander, 1993), and that test scores in the elementary school years are associated with long-run economic outcomes such as employment and earnings (Krueger, 2003)” (Magnuson, Ruhm & Waldfogel, 2005). Not all children come from homes that have the time or knowledge to incorporate and promote pre-literacy skills, social skills or fine/gross motor development. These particular students do not start school with the same readiness as those of their peers, who were exposed either in their own homes or in a developmental setting. Early Childhood Education is a core foundation for providing children the
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