David Brooks, token RINO on the NYT opinion staff has written a piece on early education and the Obama administration’s recent “push” to inject more funding into early education programs.
Head Start, the original federal early education program, has been in existence since 1965 and recent research has shown that it has been basically a dismal failure. In Brooks’ whole diatribe, there is only one sentence of one paragraph where I find myself somewhat in agreement with David Brooks.
This is rude to say, but here’s what this is about: Millions of parents don’t have the means, the skill or, in some cases, the interest in building their children’s future.
I’m not an expert…well, perhaps I am somewhat of an expert, being a parent and grandparent. The easiest thing and also the most productive thing for a parent to do is to read to their kids, even if it’s only ten minutes a night right before their bedtime. Imagine…only ten minutes a night and your child will have a step on the rest of the kids in their class.
And if you let your child read along with you as the story is read, it also teaches them to read. I did it for my kids and my grand kids, too and it worked wonders. Of course, the parent can’t stop there. The parent must also show an interest in what their child is learning in school. Just a little help with their school work is a tremendous aid in insuring their educational future.
The main point here is this; You, Mr. and Mrs. Parent, are ultimately responsible for the education your child receives. If you show no interest, how in the hell can you expect your child to show interest?