by Joan Brownstein
Support for early childhood goes across party lines. Raising standards and improving access to quality preschool are possible. Here is a source of information to help get the message across. You have to love a book about babies.
The LWV Education Committee, Marin County, California, studied our local early education resources and gathered information from state and national sources. We concluded that early education has to start at birth if not in utero. Children deserve the highest standards of child care and pre-school settings. If you don’t know Professor Linda Darling Hammond’s book. The Flat World and Education – How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future, it is well worth reading. She gives the statistics and reasons why we have an achievement gap that was almost gone by 1980. After reading her book, I know why we have so many failing students, we have failed them and their families.
(If you would like a sample of her book, read the article in The Nation. )