- The Washington Times - Monday, July 14, 2014


A seminal study of D.C.’s public schools in the late 1990s concluded that the longer a child stayed in the system, the worse off he became.

Well, now that universal pre-K continues sweeping the nation, guess what?

Comes evidence that the wet nurses are treating tykes and toddlers like their older counterparts.

That is to say, the little ones are being suspended and expelled, too.

Preschoolers have “temper tantrums.”

Preschoolers are “disruptive.”

Preschoolers have “restroom” accidents.

Quelle horreur.

The preschoolers are behaving like preschool-age children, so schools stack the deck against them.

Welcome to the new world order in public education, where toddlers are expected to act like teens and punished when they do just that.

And D.C. isn’t the only school district.

I first raised concerns about universal and compulsory pre-K in June 2001, when then-D.C. Council member Kevin Chavous introduced legislation to introduce 3-year-olds to daily public schooling.

At the time, Mr. Chavous said his measure “would force the school system to take charge and responsibility for every 3- and 4-year-old in the city to make sure they are prepared for kindergarten.”

I questioned whether 3- and 4-year-olds, and certainly some 2-year-olds, were physically, emotionally and mentally prepared to be away from their parents and forced into a rigid academic and group environment for six- and seven-hour stretches for five days a week.

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