Saturday, March 9, 2013

Value of Preschool According to the WSJ

The Wall Street Journal has article here exploring the research about the value of preschool.  Mostly it found the research supported preschool.  A number of commentators said they don’t want the govenment indoctrinating children.  One, Xavier, said that preschool was fine for children from “good” homes but wasted on children from single-parent or divorced homes.

Xavier, you have it exactly backwards.  It is kids from poor or dysfunctional homes who most benefit from preschool.  A good preschool will try to replicate the enriched home environment of more fortunate children.  Children are read to, and taught to cooperate and share with each other.  Often, they are taught beginning reading and math skills.  They are taken on field trips to places like zoos and children's museums. 

And I think there are benefits not even tracked.  Parents dropping off and picking up children see what an enriched environment looks like.  They can discuss child-raising issues with the teachers.  Their other children may benefit from this exposure.  Maybe most importantly, the parents can hold down a job without worrying that their child is stuck in front of a TV all day by a careless babysitter.

1 comment:

  1. Pre School is one of the best choice we have made for them as they love going to school. It is a wonderful experience for kids. Preschool is good for kids. Thanks for sharing the Post.Nursery School In Chennai