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On Television: Early Childhood Education Or Daycare?

On Television: Early Childhood Education Or Daycare?

On my weekly segment with Chris Berg last night on 6:30 Point of View we talked about the vote on the early childhood education bill yesterday in the House. Supporters of the bill keep dressing it up as academics – and they’re winning, because the bill passed though with diminished scope – but it’s hard

Audio: North Dakota Lawmaker Unloads On Fargo Forum Editorial Board

If his post here on SAB didn’t convince you that Rep. Jim Kasper (R-Fargo) is a little cheesed off at the Fargo Forum today, this audio from his appearance on the Jay Thomas Show show this afternoon on WDAY AM970 will settle the matter for you. “The Forum ought to be embarrassed,” Kasper said. He also

Did The House Just Pass An Early Childhood Education Bill Or Daycare Subsidies?

The House had a lengthy debate this morning about SB2151 which would provide subsidies for early childhood education programs around the state. The bill was interesting because, as it was originally introduced, it set up a sort of voucher program for preschool. Parents choosing a preschool program would get for their child a voucher to

James Kerian: Grand Forks Herald Acknowledges Doubtful Benefits Of Subsidized Preschool

In yesterday’s Grand Forks Herald the Superintendent of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction began her letter to the editor with a quote from her predecessor in 1894: “The school age of children in this state (should) be changed so as to admit children of 3 or 4 years” Using government funds to incentivize sending

James Kerian: Subsidized Preschool Is About Coercing Parents, Not Giving Them Options

When President Obama was promoting subsidized preschool last fall he said of stay at home mothers “That’s not a choice we want Americans to make.”  It’s tempting to think that he didn’t really mean that.  It’s right there in his own words but one initially believes that he must have meant to say that it

James Kerian: Subsidized Preschool Is About Education Bureaucrats Not Students

When President Obama announced his war on stay at home mothers last fall he probably did not expect North Dakota’s legislature to come running to his side.  But the NEA and the Department of Public Instruction saw this as an opportunity to increase their funding and the state Senate apparently decided that if the teachers

Video: ND Senate Passes Early Childhood Education Voucher Program

The early childhood education bill – SB2151 – which passed the state Senate today on a 33-14 vote is sort of a mixed bag. On one hand, the bills most outspoken proponents are the technocrats who seem to believe that the earlier we can stuff kids into the public education system assembly line the better

James Kerian: Subsidizing Preschool Will Not Make Our Children Smarter

With summer programs, lowering the compulsory attendance age, after-school programs, and now state-funded preschool (SB 2151) the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is essentially demanding taxpayer care of all children in the state for every waking moment of their lives from the age of three until they graduate from high school.  At that point President Obama wants the federal government to take over and

Possibility Of Vouchers Is Only Reason To Support Early Childhood Education

Very often lobbyists representing educator groups or unions are accused of being more concerned with policy that benefits educators as opposed to policy which benefits students. I think that truism manifested itself yesterday during a committee hearing over SB2151 which would create a state early childhood education program. But what’s interesting about the bill is

James Kerian: ND Liberals Join Obama's Crusade For Subsidized Preschool

Back in October President Obama argued for preschool over parents when it comes to raising children.  In Democrat jargon you could say that he announced his “war” on stay-at-home mothers as he insisted “that’s not a decision we want Americans to make.” Here in North Dakota the Democrats and the left wing of the Republican