A not-so-curious thing is happening in education.
Early Childhood Education is very hot right now. President Barack Obama even mentioned it in his inauguration address. Every talking head in the world of education is blah blah blah-ing about how an early start to reading, writing, math, and school habits is what determines future academic success and often success in life overall. I don’t disagree. I am not at all versed (academically) in early childhood education literature, policies, or practices (except from my own experiences of a mother of two small children currently aged 3 and 5), but this is what I don’t understand.
In my neighborhood in Brooklyn, a very well-off spot, pre-kindergarten classes are being cut left and right. Of the four most sought after elementary schools, three have cut ALL of their pre-k classes.
For those of you who don’t understand the NYC Department of Education, pre-kindergarten is optional–for both schools and parents. There is discussion of making it compulsory, but again, that’s a just a bunch of hot air coming out of politician’s mouths, because right as they say those words schools are cutting programs. Thankfully, for us, our elementary school is the ONE school left that will have TWO classes (the classes are capped at 18), but, like I said, we are lucky.
Yet another coffee cup (venti sized) of hypocrisy brewing…
Came across this great infographic on the benefits of early childhood education. Thought it was worth reading.