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Full-day pre-K isn’t really a top priority

February 10, 2014

What a bandwagon there is for full-day pre-kindergarten. First, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned on it, then New York Go....

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Feb-14-14 2:32 PM

Agreed, universal pre-k is definitely NOT a top priority. It would simply be free day care for dual income parents.

Besides, please STOP looking for more methods to disenfranchise family interaction through a nanny state.

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Feb-12-14 5:01 PM

Society and culture have changed a lot and will continue to do so. Family structure has changed too. Pre-K is a top priority for young working families and most young families are young and working. It is not only for the education aspect, but for "socialization" too, as many Pre-K kids don't have brothers and sisters to socialize with at home. Add the day-care dimension, which is so important to working families, and you have a recipe for universal Pre-K. Change, change, change. It happens.

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Feb-12-14 8:40 AM

Try thinking a little here dan. Bush's tax rebate checks were an example of using taxpayer money to buy votes. On the other hand it's not likely the "teachers" providing preK will be unionized so no additional money into union coffers. Anyway teacher's unions tend to already favor dems. No bribes necessary to get them to do that. In fact given that dems have done nothing to support unions while repubs have been busily dismantling them there is no incentive for dems to "give" anything to teachers. Who supplies the big money that fuels all politicians?

Do a little research. What teaching credentials are required for preK? Are current preK teachers unionized?

I do agree wth you that much preK "education" is really just daycare. That may be worthy of public funding but let's not pretend that it's education.

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Feb-11-14 2:57 PM

Its an election year. Time to start buying some votes. More school time means more money for the teacher's unions which mean more union contributions to the Democratic Party. The truth is taxpayer paid Pre-K is just subsidized day care.

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Feb-11-14 8:43 AM

So should union dues be funneled to union-busting republicans? But not to worry dem pols don't support unions anymore and they are dying which a large part of th reason worker's wages are shrinking while CEOs salaries explode.

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Feb-11-14 8:32 AM

"Government never does anything unless someone profits" Yes, absolutely and usually that someone is a large corporation.

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Feb-11-14 8:31 AM

The key term here is "private-sector partners" meaning the money will go to corporations with as little as possible trickling down to the teachers. That is the corporate model. Pay the people who actually produce, whether miners, factory workers, service workers or teachers as little as possible, give a little to stockholders and upper mgt. will skim all the cream. Small businesses now providing preK will be pushed out or absorbed if preK becomes mandatory.

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Feb-11-14 12:23 AM

Government never does anything unless someone profits, in this case, Democrats. Just imagine the millions more dollars in teachers union dues being funneled to Democrats at election time.....

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Feb-10-14 11:53 AM

The editorial claims universal pre-K is a ploy to get democrats votes. I disagree but I think the other observation is revealing "Barack Obama made it part of his State of the Union speech, saying his administration would work with private-sector partners to make it available for more kids". The ploy is to funnel more tax dollars to private corporations much like the "common core" and standardized testing ploy.

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