We’re Getting Beat on Preschool

Written by Juliana Herman, Sasha Post

Depressing news about the United States’ attempt to nurture the future leaders of our country: we’re behind in almost every category. A new report from the Center for American Progress pulls the stats on preschool:

This post was originally published by the Center for American Progress.

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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson2 years ago

what happened to children being permitted to be children? My son is starting his pre k homeschool curriculum in august, bc public school failed me, and I certainly won't fail him. But the reason we are starting this August instead of next (he is 3 now, and would be four then) is so we can take our time and enjoy learning. Let him be a child for a little longer. We just started "letters of the week", and its so much fun. A is this week :) "A" foods and words and themes, "A" sounds and focus on "A" animals and games and songs and places. He loves it. I love it. Number of the month is fun too, number 1 and 2 for this month. He knows his alphabet, and how to count to 20. He knows shapes through octagon, and all colors (except black brown and pink... those trip him up sometimes). He just turned 3 in April. He knows 10 or so letters by recognition, and knows their sounds, and both the lower case and uppercase forms. And guess what? We have never had "instruction" time.. ever. He plays and learns and "helps" me and he learns to learn with real life. You don't have to be in a formal "sit down and shut up" setting to teach or to learn. We go to childrens museums, storytime every week, the zoo, the park, outside in nature, and he is so bright

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

Pre-school is not necessary for a good education. Children need time to be children! Time to run and play!

tiffany t.
tiffany t.2 years ago

signed. with select few owning all the wealth, if we become a nation of educated independent thinkers, who will be the sheep? all part of the plan, my daughter is going to start kindergarten...after the testing process, I was asked why she is so mature...also told that I might want to "back off" teaching her to count money and science because "she will not be able to relate to the other children" I was also told that I shouldn't be reading her harry potter at this age because it is "too scary" Seriously this is my option because home schooling is not and the closest montessori school is about an hour away. very discouraging but we continue at the pace we are at and I am sure she will adjust. my goal is for her to start college during high school, so i do not care what elementary thinks or feels I should be doing.

Uddhab Khadka
Uddhab Khadka2 years ago


Frank Mugford
Frank Mugford2 years ago

There is no doubt in my mind that the US's star is waning, and with it of course, Israel.
The US cannot look after its Citizenry in the way of Health Care and etc. It tries to make out it protects its Citizenry but all these wars are only for the benefit of the rich few who control the Military Industrial Complex.
Great country! Shame about its politics, administrations and political 'masters'.
Oh, and Obummer is such a great disappointment.

Kayleigh Harter
Kayleigh Harter2 years ago

Maybe if preschool wasn't so expensive here in the U.S., enrollment rates would be higher. I couldn't wait to start school as a kid and would have loved to be in preschool, but there was no public preschool available in my school district, and my parents couldn't afford to send me to a private one. I was fortunate, however, in that my parents are themselves very intelligent, well-educated people, and I had a lot of informal schooling at home pre-kindergarten.

Ken W.
Ken W.2 years ago


Robert O.
Robert O.2 years ago

Pretty discouraging statistics that only reinforce the fact that this country is headed toward a very bleak and uncertain future.

Jessica Larsen

If children need daycare to be readied for school, then there is something wrong with the modern school system. If their family situation allows them to not go to daycare, let them be free of the institutions as long as they can.
We waste enough time in societal institutions as it is.

Susan W.
Susan White2 years ago

Dierdre G. Part of the problem is that most parents have no idea how children learn. They don't know how to teach them, or even how to parent. People are better prepared to take care of pets than they are children. I used to teach preschool. We had parents who didn't know that children learn to speak by being talked to or read by being read to. I can't tell you how many times I had to bite my tongue when parents would ask "Can he write his name yet?" after the first week of school. If I had said "No, he can't. We have spent the first week: learning to stand in line, that we must wash our hands after using the bathroom and before eating (seriously, some people do not teach these things to their young children.), learning to eat at the table and not all over the place, and learning not to bite or hit people. Also, your child has never held a pencil before." I would have lost my job. Some don't even give their kids crayons because they "don't want the walls scribbled on". The first step to learning to write is scribbling. Many have no idea what to feed their kids and what NOT to feed them. (Flaming hot cheese puffs are bad for little kids' stomachs.) According to research, from birth to five is a crucial time for brain development but many parents have no idea of this. Many think education consists of going to school when there is a lot more to it than that.