Forced Preschool?

Should we spend money on required preschool programs? No. They don’t work for one and two it kids aren’t going to be helped much by learning how to use glue and glitter a year a earlier.

What kids need is not an extra year of ‘development’ so they can be prepared to work in the 21st century. Every kid is prepared to work in whatever century they’ll live. What these kids need is someone, once they’ve grown up a little, to tell them what kinds of things they can be.

Ask me when I was a kid what I wanted to be and I would’ve said policeman, firefighter, racecar driver, football player, pilot, doctor, and maybe a handful of other things. When you’re a kid you don’t know more than a dozen jobs even exist. It’s just the obvious stuff that sticks out to you.

Nobody told me I could be a health and wellness coordinator, medical device assembler, test automation engineer, database associate-research analyst, front office coordinator or a treasury management customer experience specialist.

If I didn’t see it, I didn’t know it existed. Sure I saw the folks working at Kmart and Mcdonalds but I knew those weren’t serious jobs. I didn’t even know what a manager was as a kid.

Forget wasting money trying to get these kids whatever useless ‘education’ they’re going to get from this idea. Give them reality instead. Give them someone to tell them there’s a thousand and one different jobs out there you’ve never even heard of.

Tell little Joey he can be a QA test analyst, and little Marguerite can be a bookkeeper with EDI experience.

You can give these kids all the more phoney baloney education you want, but if they don’t know how to apply it or what to apply it to it’s useless. Furthermore if they never have had to pin down a goal and go after it, then they’re even more likely to not know how.

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Posted on February 22, 2013, in No Hope For America, Problems to Ponder and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Requiring preschool programs is simply a way for working parents to get the taxpayers to pay for their daycare. That is all. The fewer stay at home parents there are, the more support there will be for that type of plan. Politics are local as they say….everyone votes in their own interest.

  2. Good point on educating children about future job prospects. Too many students give up early, falsely believing they will never find the right job for themselves. Although the merits of the current U.S. educational system can be debated endlessly, I agree forced pre-school is an atrocious idea.

    • Thanks for the comment Fearless.

      There is merit to the system in general, but we’re seeing diminishing returns because we can’t make the necessary changes to the system because it’s a jobs program first, education second.

      Specifically however, isolating kids in a classroom for 12 years isn’t going to help them figure out what to do. We need to introduce the real world to them so they don’t end up lost and floating between 18 and 30 years old.

      The current 20-somethings like myself are left out because we were told we could do whatever made us happy and not to be happy doing something practical. I’m trying to correct that but others are happy just moaning ‘woe is me’. It’s only going to get worse with the youngsters in school today.

  3. Perhaps it was just my own luck, but I went to a Jewish preschool and we learned more than just using glitter and glue.
    There was an “arts & crafts time”, sure. You learn to color in the lines, gluing, painting, using scissors correctly, make paper mache picture frames, etc. But we also learned the alphabet, the numbers up to 100, how to make change from a $20 bill, and the basics of reading. Combine that with the typical storytime, show and tell, singing, and musical education along with cooperative games…it’s not a bad way to spend 4 hours everyday when you’re a youngling.
    Unless that’s not what preschool is like anymore? This was only 22 years ago…has preschool changed from being a preparation for actual school into a glorified daycare?

    • Thanks for the comments Anna. I agree there’s nothing wrong with the extra effort, but realistically I doubt the difference of one year is going to make a big impact. Increased parental interaction/effort would have a greater effect than increased school. Beyond that its ridiculous to see how much it costs per year per kid.

      • It’s nice to be here, Drama. I’m liking what I see so far. I understand why Erudite Knight has you on his blogroll.

        Anyway, the extra year did work for me, but that may be due to the fact my grandmother and great grandmother took the time to reinforce everything I learned at home. By the time I was in kindergarten, I knew my 2 and 3 times tables, and had a 2nd grade reading level. Having “parents” who put a strong learning desire into you early on definitely goes a long way towards being successful in the academic system. I’d say good teachers are needed for the material and good parenting is needed for the drive.

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