Following up on yesterday's post about early childhood education, here's an editorial about the Preschool for All initiative which will be on the ballot in California next June. The initiative is sponsored by yet another actor, Rob Reiner.
This initiative is a bad idea in countless ways. As I posted yesterday, some research shows that long-term preschool benefits are questionable. The initiative mandates that "free" (taxpayer-funded) preschools exist for all 4-year-olds no farther than the local public kindergarten. How much land is available in established neighborhoods for new preschools which aren't on public school property?
Then there's the issue of whether this will lead to mandatory preschool for 4-year-olds and then 3-year-olds. Remember the teacher's quote from yesterday's post: "Since schools are doing so much of the education, nurturing and socialization of kids these days, it's better to get them in earlier..."
Eventually the nanny state may want to take over raising children altogether.