"This isn't about being forced to go," claims a self-proclaimed attendance expert. "It's, do you want your child to succeed?"
Four-year-olds have some of the highest truancy rates going. This horrible "chronic absenteeism" affects lower-income students more because their families don't have the "resources" to make up for missed time in the classroom.
Because yeah. These parents don't know their letter sounds and their numbers from 1 to 20 and couldn't possibly have the brains to, you know, teach them to their children during their daily lives.
"Truancy" is something that needs to be addressed with tougher laws, according to the article. "It's a problem that needs to be addressed, experts say, especially after
President Barack Obama's recent proposal to expand funding of voluntary
public prekindergarten... he envisions it as a way to close the achievement gap
for poor and minority students, improve high school graduation rates and
ultimately strengthen the workforce."
So. It's voluntary. Until it's not. I honest to goodness don't see how "another two years for the state to forcefeed the same educational crap that didn't work before" (I'm paraphrasing here) is really going to help people.
And so what if it did? Let's pretend preschool is something that is a net societal good. So what? You'd force three- and four-year-old children away from their parents to satisfy new attendance laws for their own good? This is truly awful stuff.
I love my child's preschool. And if I could send my 11-year-old for playtime, I seriously would. But I would never want any family to be forced into sending children of any age to school or anywhere else.