Headstart a failure on the National level

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  1. Revmitchell

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    What do you expect from government-run daycare? Congress will probably throw more money at the program to "fix it". What ever happened to parents raising their kids, teaching them to read, makie sure they ate breakfast, etc.?
     
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    I couldn't open the link, what does it say?
    Not knowing exactly what the topic is because I can't read the link, I will say for my granddaughters it isn't a failure. It isn't day care, it actual school. My granddaughters go to school 4 days a week. And no it isn't because their parents don't want to raise their won children, they want whats best for their children, and thats what school is. Otherwise you could say the samething about any kids in any grade, that their parents don't want to raise them. how about your kids, are they or were they ever in school? Did this mean you didn't want to raise your own kids so you pawned them off on someone else? No, probably not. Neither is it true for my grandchildren.
     
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    I can't speak for all Headstart programs, but I can speak for the one here.

    My mom taught Headstart for 34 years. She still works with the program even though she has retired. Many of the kids she had came in knowing almost nothing other than their name. She has potty trained them, taught them how to talk, taught them their colors, numbers, and letters. She has taught them how to associate with other children and the basics of social interaction. She has also rescued children from abusive homes, drugged out parents, and even homes where they were cooking meth.

    She is constantly bumping into former students, now grown, who come up and thank her. These people were 3 or 4 years old when she taught them, but they remember her still. many have gone on and become real successes with their lives, but not all. All who have spoken to her have said that she gave them the start they needed.

    I know that not all programs, and not all teachers, are like my mom, but to condemn all for the actions of some is ludicrous.
     
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    Anyone suggest an alternative program to compensate for our national condition of family/parent failure? Paper reported this past week that 60 something percent of births were to single parent mothers. Without some kind of public assistance in raising these kids born in this past year exactly what will half of them be doing in 2030?

    Add birth control chemicals to the water supply? Require a prescription for an approved family to have a kid? Resume the draft and rent out the US Marines to fight foreign wars?
     
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    It's a chicken/egg thing.

    Well - not really.

    There are so many unwed mothers because there is so much government welfare available to allow them to make that choice.

    End the welfare for unwed mothers and you will see a dramatic decline in the out of wedlock birthrate.
     
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    I agee part of the problem is children raising children.

    The govt will take a child from parents that are being abused.

    Then lets consider a 15 year old raising a child to be abuse!

    Salty
     
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    Headstart helped one of my grandkids who was a little emotionally behind others his age to be ready for kindergarten.
     
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    Not the governments role.
     
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    sound slike your mother's headstart was very successful.
     
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    this is the purpose of headstart, prepare children for kindergarten. mine are learning socail interaction with other children, a much needed skill.
    and my grandkids do not have poor parents who do not take care of them and raise them right. no matter what ill informed people on this board may think.
     
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    From the official Head start web page:

    The Head Start program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families,...

    (bold is my emphasis)

    Some have stated how Head start has helped. That may be true, but the original purpose was for economically disadvantaged families.

    Rev Mitchell said it is not the govts job - I will agree to the point that it is not the Federal Govt job to provide for education.! The Feds should get completely out of the education business (except for a small office to compile recommendations (NOT requirements) and compile reports.

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    that would be my grandchildren.

    the public school system here. they go to the same regular school as all the other kids k-6
     
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    Some children are not from a poor family (my grandkids aren't), but they are just not at the emotional level they need to be to start school. They need a little help as much as the children from poor families. Only the youngest of my grandkids needed help and got it. Otherwise, like me, they would be behind everyone else and never catch up. I was severely emotionally damaged by an abusive dad and was the target of jokes, emotional and physical abuse by my peers.
     

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