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DC wants your kids in school by age two
Council members in Washington have introduced legislation to require children as young as 2-years-old to attend school in a move that purportedly seeks to expand early childhood education. Early childhood education is defined as the training before age five when values and beliefs develop.
Washington would be the first jurisdiction in the country to mandate school attendance or home learning for all children at such a young age, according to the Department of Education.
The legislation, introduced by council member and former mayoral candidate Kevin Chavous (D-Ward 7), would require all children who turn 3 and 4 years old before Dec. 31 in an academic year to participate in public, private or parochial school or be instructed "privately."
"We have to get every child early," said Chavous, chairman of the council's education committee. "It 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. To many children are entering the first grade not prepared to learn."
"Education children at an early age addresses, to a large extent, many of the problems we have in overcoming some of the social and cognitive disadvantages that our urban youth have by the time they are five years old," said School superintendent Paul Vance.
"The earlier we can get these youngsters in school and make positive social and cognitive impressions, the better our chance of having productive learners," Vance said, "I'd like to get all of these youngsters in school as early as possible."
A librarian at the Department of Education, who lives in the trendy Adams Morgan area of Washington, told The SPOTLIGHT that the public schools in her neighborhood have failed miserably to teach youngsters to read.
At the public schools available to her children, 97 percent of the fourth-graders read at "below basic" levels. "That's why my Jewish kids go to a Catholic school," she said.
The proposed early education would cost up to $51.6 million in the firs year of full access and $32 million a year after that. The bill envisions a pilot program in fall 2003 and full access to public schooling by 2004.
The extremely high cost of educating young children has been addressed by William M. Bowen, Jr., author of Globalism: America's Demise, who stated, "It does not take a lot of time and money to educate children. It does take a lot of time and money to indoctrinate and modify their values."
City officials said the proposal, sponsored by seven of the 13 council members, has enough support to become law.
Adrian Fenty (D-Ward 4), who prides himself on being a politician with a "a strong leftward bent," told The SPOTLIGHT that he believes the government should be actively involved in early education and family affairs.
One of the stated goals of the Communist Party has long been "the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents."
Officials also we the plan as providing more free babysitting at taxpayers' expense. Most children in Washington were born out of wedlock and are reared by single mothers or grandparent.
Fenty added that providing working parents with daycare paid for by the state was an "intended consequence" of the legislation.