Preschool for All
by Tricia Shore
crowd, a generally insecure lot who so worries their pretty heads
about whether their infant is reading a Baby Einstein flashcard
more quickly than their neighbor's, tends to take preschool pretty
and kindergartens and such can run you $20,000 per year easily.
You are often judged as a parent based on your child's preschool.
Yes, the preschool. People have every right to do this, of
many moms tell me that they dropped their three-year-old off at
preschool with the little one crying for mommy not to leave. "But
I had to," one mother dramatically said, "It's for his own good!"
At three? That particular mother spoke two languages and
yet, she evidently found it beyond her reach to think about teaching
her own child the alphabet of either language. Or anything else.
have, no doubt, believed all the First
Five of California propaganda that we've heard these past few
years. They believe that if they don't make their child go to preschool;
learn to socialize, whatever that vague term means; and have their
child reading by age five, that little Johnny or JoEllen will be
merely a dumb mass of unfulfilled neurons for the rest of his or
Prop. 82, on
the Tuesday, June 6th ballot, will attempt to extend this kind of
thinking to everyone, proliferating the thought processes of those
who spend $20,000 or so on preschools with
chickens and with rooms decorated as if they were featured in last
month's Architectural Digest. Why should only the very
wealthy believe that their progeny must feel the pressure to succeed
by age six? If Prop. 82, heavily promoted by former sitcom star
Rob Reiner, passes, then every four-year-old will have a chance
to sit in a classroom at least three hours each day, listening to
socialist propaganda that their change agent teachers will tell
them. And of course, this schooling must come at the government's
has so hit California that most parents believe that we're not smart
enough to teach our own children. We proletariat types may not be
dumb enough to pay $20,000 so that our child may have contact with
a chicken each day, but we'll certainly take the free preschool
that our local government prison, I mean government school,
dishes out. After all it is free!
who has not only written extensively about Prop. 82 and its negative
consequences, but who
also encourages parents to teach their children at home, especially
in the early years, is one of many smart mamas who is vehemently
against Prop. 82. On her
blog, a kindergarten teacher fears that if Preschool for All
comes into being, "children will be raped of their childhood." I
worry about this as well. I've noticed that the heavily preschooled
often have trouble talking with adults. I was with a group of homeschoolers
the other day and noticed that the children talked with me as easily
as they talked with other children. Imagine what wonderful things
are in store for the three and four set when the government takes
over their mind for three hours each day. Building a bridge out
of Legos will no longer be merely a fun learning activity; it will
be an assessment that a child can be slotted into civil engineering,
or whatever is needed on the School-to-Work agenda.
in California are oblivious to the harm that lots of preschool,
and I don't mean the occasional Mothers Morning Out, can do to their
child, some see the problems with early childhood education outside
the home. There are thinking mamas, such as homeschooler Karen Taylor,
who realize that placing their young children in the care of others
can have unintended consequences:
"I took my
son to the local community college plant sale today. There were
a lot of kids, but mine was the only one with his own mother. The
others were preschoolers, several classes of them, each tied to
the other so that they wouldn't get away from their adults. We watched
one class walk in, while we were deciding which tomato plants to
buy. The teacher said slowly to the kids, "These are veg-e-tables."
She selected the two closest tomato plants with no discussion, and
as she left, with the kids following her, another adult asked what
color the plants were. That was it. The field trip was over, but
I imagine they'll tell the parents that they went to the college
and learned about gardening and plants. And the parents will be
so pleased that their children are in school at such a young age,
and learning important things."
to read Karen's story on the same day that my five-year-old and
I had gone to a garden center. As he and I looked at and talked
about the plants, even with my limited horticultural knowledge,
I talked about farming and gardening and how important plants are
to us and to our survival. In his secure familial environment, my
son learned more in a few minutes than he would have in an entire
day of public preschool.
In crazy, socialist
California, however, smart, thinking mamas are not the norm. Between
parents who are so strapped due to our high tax rate that both need
to work; and parents who hire nannies to take care of their children,
one of these told me that she had a nanny from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
each day; there's hardly any reason for parents in California to
reject Reiner's attempt to force schooling on three- and four-year-olds.
Of course, Reiner and First Five tout that it's a voluntary program
only for four-year-olds now, but if it ensures the "right of all
children to receive" one year of preschool, how long will it remain
voluntary? How long will it be before the age is lowered even further?
B. F. Skinner
concocted a world in Walden Two in which children were taken
from their parents as babies and conditioned to be exactly what
society wanted them to be. When I used to teach this book to my
students at NCSU, we all thought it was a sort of behaviorist science
fiction attempt, and not an extremely well-written one at that.
After being in the real world for a few years, with children in
tow, I can't help but wonder if Skinner was writing more of a how-to
guide. And if our politicians and former sitcom stars, such as Reiner,
are slowly and subtly promoting its contents.
I could go
on and on, of course, about how strange it is to force money away
from those who have more, to give to those who have less. Those
individuals who are making over $400,000 or the couples who are
making over $800,000 will pay for this "free" preschool. But that's
okay. They're rich. What's that thing about forced wealth redistribution?
My publicly schooled mind just doesn't seem to remember.
I could also
mention the flaming
tower of controversy that's plagued California's First Five,
ever since before they started telling us via a
massive media campaign, that failing to send our children to
preschool would doom them to prison. Do you actually know people
who didn't go to preschool and managed to avoid prison?
the First Five folks. They've made everyone think that if we don't
send our children to government indoctrination plants by the time
they are four, our children will be good for nothing except independent
thinking. Without early indoctrination, children may even begin
to see through the horrid and unnecessary War on Drugs and War on
Terror. There may be a revolt in this country as we haven't seen
since 1776 or so. There may be blood shed in the streets because
people care so much about freedom.
But wait a
minute! As most people know, independent minds, such as the ones
that helped to create our great country, are now deemed a danger
to our society. We drug them and make them pay attention in classrooms
all day, perfecting supposed critical thinking skills and making
what is easy to learn seem hard to learn, as John
Taylor Gatto points out that Socrates so aptly predicted would
happen, when teachers earn money for teaching.
We simply must
manage the populace, however. Independent thinkers do not a good
socialist country make. Without proper management, learned early
in the government schools, how will we continue our slavery to governments
to continue this management program than to indoctrinate the very
young? We've all heard that little ditty from Hitler about "When
an opponent declares, 'I will not come over to your side,' I calmly
say, 'Your child belongs to us already'." Hitler, to be sure, wasn't
talking about homeschoolers with this quotation. No, in order to
lay a whole propaganda campaign on children, there must be mass
indoctrination of children. That kind of thing can only occur via
mass forced schooling.
And from parents
who believe they are too dumb to teach their child the alphabet.
After all, if certified teacher and change agent knows best now,
perhaps one day doctor will know best and patient will not question
doctor or look for alternative treatments. Change agent teacher
teaches, subtly, that government knows best. And then when children
grow up, having learned to trust authority figures but not themselves,
perhaps Marine commander will know best when he says shoot to kill,
even when the killing involves a pregnant woman. Early schooling
destroys our ability to trust our own hearts and minds, to make
our own independent decisions.
The ugly truth
for Los Angelenos, who hire nannies at a rate rivaled only by Manhattanites,
is that young children need their mommy and daddy. The security
that comes from a young child's being around his or her parents
all day is much better incentive to learn than giving the child
to change agent teachers who take the child with ten other young
humans on a leash and walk them to the library; the teacher will
be lucky to remember a child's name in ten years.
and I saw some of these children-on-a-leash as we went to storytime
recently at our local library. I can't imagine a less subtle or
more effective way of telling these children that they are more
like animals than humans. Sure, placing children on a leash provides
safety, but then again, so does locking your child in a closet all
day. Still, I wouldn't suggest either one. Perhaps preschool, especially
when it is supplied by the government, is a doggy obedience school
that Reiner and his ilk have come up with regarding this proposal
convince me that more's at stake here than a supposedly free preschool
for children. Training future socialists can be quite profitable for
the power elite. Slowly lowering the age at which our children begin
their terms in the indoctrination centers and opening this supposedly
free program to all children will produce fewer free thinkers
and more socialists.
by John Thomas
word: Vote NO on Prop. 82 if you live in California; and if you
live elsewhere, watch carefully for legislation that will soon try
to indoctrinate your state's youngest members.
Shore [send her mail],
a North Carolina State University graduate, is happy with her momly
life. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Tricia misses the sweet
tea, grits, and barbeque of the South. You can read more of her
thoughts and comment on her article here.
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