“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
In my last post, I said that I would add my caveats to the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Plan. Here they are:
Parents are the key to improving the system in both the short and long term and the most cost effective intervention. Tons of research shows that children do better in school when their parents are engaged in their education and the earlier, the better.
Investing in educating parents on what they can do to improve their children’s academic performance is just common sense in many ways. Children spend 70% of their time out of the school setting. It will be very hard for any school to counteract a parent who is not on board.
High quality does not mean expensive. Expensive programs ultimately mean serving less children and being more dependent on the whims of politics. Obviously early education programs like Head Start make an amazing difference in children’s lives, but Head Start only serves about half of eligible, poor three- and four-year-olds and Early Head Start serves less than five percent of the eligible infants and toddlers.
This means that thousands of children and motivated families who would benefit the most end up on waiting lists and enter the school system behind, creating a permanent unequal playing field that neither the schools or the government can balance on their own.
We’ll look soon at cost effective ways to level the field.