Open letter to Albany
Jan 15, 2014 | 5283 views | 0 0 comments | 170 170 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

In regard to Mayor Bill de Blasio's state-funded pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programs, it should be pointed out that the existing research studies on the performance outcomes thereof are scientifically flawed on technical grounds.

Inferences of positive results of pre-K programs were made based upon studies of children in such programs, or in other Head Start, center-based child care, or home care programs.

However, positive outcome "inferences can be made only if rigorous quasi-experiments or randomized experimental designs are used to rule out other factors that are also known to affect children's school readiness and school achievement and that may cause children from different early childhood settings to perform differently in school" (State-Funded Pre-Kindergarten: What the Evidence Shows, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, December 2003).

Without sufficient empirical evidence that state-funded pre-K programs are statistically significant in reducing or eliminating achievement gaps than other early childhood programs (or none), such a universal pre-K program is simply a crackpot idea in tune with a Liberal ideology which a priori attributes individual and racial minority group failures to the social environment and White racism, and proposes to solve the problem through governmental collectivist initiatives.

For de Blasio to automatically want to tax the "rich" for a plan that is not even scientifically proven betrays his lack of fiscal conservatism and a Marxist ideology which blames class conflict rather than other individual and cultural factors in society. Albany must rightly and emphatically say no to his agenda.


Joseph N. Manago


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