Thursday, July 21, 2011

Start heading for the exits

Ax Head Start: Ending Programs That Don't Yield Results - TIME

Head Start has failed, but will still live forever:
According to the Head Start Impact Study, which was quite comprehensive, the positive effects of the program were minimal and vanished by the end of first grade. Head Start graduates performed about the same as students of similar income and social status who were not part of the program. These results were so shocking that the HHS team sat on them for several years, according to Russ Whitehurst of the Brookings Institution, who said, "I guess they were trying to rerun the data to see if they could come up with anything positive. They couldn't."
Why will it live forever when it has been proven to be useless? Because it employs lots of people who are now political cogs in the wheel of the left. Because the vain hope that preschool will solve all our problems puts up roadblocks in the way of addressing the real issue: our education system s^%$s--that's a problem that many people (teacher's unions) don't want to address because it threatens their jobs.

And the #1 reason Head Start will live forever: Because it makes people feel good about themselves by letting them pretend that they are helping the poor kids who are on the path to being rejected in our society. It's for the children!

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