Washington politicians interested in never cutting a dime from Washington’s spending can bring forth the name of Head Start quicker than the name of their own districts. It’s a heart-string puller. It has its roots deep in the Great Society, established in 1965 and expanded over the years to become one of the country’s longest-running programs to combat the effects of poverty. More than 20 million American children have gone through the program, which is designed to impart parenting skills to parents, and cognitive, emotional, and health improvements to children. Over the years, the program has cost $180 billion.
Yep, who´d thunk that LBJ´s "Great Society" would have failed? Head Start is a major player in that idea. It will not work until the parents become engaged in a positive manner. They have not. Billions wasted for the most part. Also LBJ raided Social Security funds for his Great Society memorial to himself.
The failure of their mothers to civilize and teach toddlers cannot be overcome by Head Start. I knew that when it was first proposed. Fla. had no public kindergartens so I paid to send my kids, who arrived prepared to listen and learn.
I am a volunteer tutor at a low income public school. I had never met kids who didn´t understand numbers (outside of toddlers and infants) until I started tutoring here. I have only tutored four kids and two of them (one a first grader and one a fifth grader) did not have a solid understanding that numbers mean something- that they are an abstract way we order items. I don´t know whether these kids were in Head Start, but I do know that their very early education didn´t happen.
Head Start is to give Gov´t school teachers a break, so children don´t show up without being toilet trained, and know how to hold a fork and a pencil. Most of the children in Head Start are as wild as wolf cubs in the forest.
A few months ago I visited a local Head Start program - the physical facility is amazing - large spaces indoors for gross motor activities, classrooms furnished with every imaginable early childhood teaching resource. The day starts with breakfast - the children learn to clean up after themselves - and then, for two hours each morning the 3 & 4 year old children sat through what many of us would consider kindergarten instruction. Review of the alphabet, counting, vocabulary lessons (such as learning the names of common household items). Sign language, recognition of geometric shapes, etc.
Unfortunately there was no context provided for any of this instruction - it was rote drill and memorization. Some of the 3´s still cry for their mommies. It was such an artificial experience - yet the leaders were hopeful it would get them one of the plum grants that would allow them to expand. Worst of all, even play time was regimented.
The best analogy I can think of is like getting a heavy rainstorm after years of drought - the water that normally prepares the soil for plant growth simply runs off the hard earth. Formal schooling is simply not the proper model for early childhood education. Moms and dads who engage their little ones in rich language and activities that allow exploration are the answer. But that can´t be measured on standardized tests. Ramona (the Pest)
#8 "...Head Start is to give Gov´t school teachers a break, so children don´t show up without being toilet trained, and know how to hold a fork and a pencil. Most of the children in Head Start are as wild as wolf cubs in the forest…."
So on the money. I worked for Oakland Public Schools in Oakland, Calif. in the ´60´s. I was in the Head Start classrooms. I saw teachers trying to teach 5 year olds to sit at a table and eat orange slices out of a plate. ( Their tendency was to grab a slice and run to a corner to eat it. Somewhat like animals low on the pecking order do.) And, yes, toilet training was part of the curriculum. Every classroom had to have enough tape recorders that every child could use one. Same with record players. I was charged with A/V inventory control. Older children were allowed to take tape recorders and record players home. Returning them was mostly the honor system. New replacement equipment came into the school by the pallet loads. Money flowed like wine!
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