How Obama’s proposed increase in funding for childhood educational programs will work
President Obama will soon present a proposal to increase government funding for early childhood educational programs, such as Head Start. Barack Obama’s proposal for increased government funding is simply a basic travesty to all Americans, particularly for these basic reasons:
There is in existence a multileveled longitudinal research study that confirms that the program we know as “Head Start” has proven itself to be nonproductive and potentially hazardous to the cognitive and behavioral development in the very children it is designed to assist.
Secondly, when Barack Obama was a senator from the state of Illinois he unequivocally made promises to every voter in America: President Obama has pledged to use only one test when determining which education programs to fund: “It’s not whether an idea is liberal or conservative,” Obama stated, “but whether it works.” HHS’s third-grade follow-up evaluation makes it unequivocally clear that Head Start fails that test.
So what is behind the genius of his forthcoming new proposal?
The President’s proposal would make children from higher income levels, who currently don’t qualify for subsidized head start, eligible for the subsidy. There is a fundamental problem with this proposal – it is not about making the playing field level – that is precisely what the original program was supposed to do.
The government would fund public preschool for any 4-year-old whose family income is 200 percent or less of the federal poverty level – a more generous threshold than the current Head Start program, which generally serves kids from families below 130 percent of the poverty line.
One issue that Mr. Obama doesn’t understand is the results of a 48 year program that does not benefit children regardless of what level one’s family is above, below or hovering over the poverty level.
The time has come for Barack Obama to accept what a failed “government funded” program actually looks like. Furthermore, it is our impression that in order to kindle the fires within Head Start, he wants to add more too it which is exactly what he did with his ridiculous notion of comprehensive immigration reform.
We wonder what type of cognitive abilities the President possesses if he still wants to put forth more money into a program that has failed. We have kept abreast of the success or failures of Head Start. We have other articles we’ve written wondering how he would handle it.
Now all the fodder is out and what more can we, as Americans, do to drive home a message of STOP SPENDING on wrong issues?