Here’s a question for you. When was the last time you heard about a new idea coming out of the government that did NOT involve taking away one of your rights? I think we’d all be hard pressed to come up with one. Think about it. When was the last time a Congressman or our President came up with something that actually broadened your rights as a citizen rather than continuing to chip way at those rights?
The latest concept I’m hearing about – and you will hear about it soon if you haven’t already – is something called universal preschool. It’s actually an international movement with the goal of making access to preschool education available to all families (just like K-12 is now), rather than only to those who can afford it.
Like many governmental plans, it’s one of those things that sounds good until you dig deeper into it. In fact, I can just hear one of our government leaders saying, “Now remember, guys, whenever we try to take away our citizens’ rights, we have to do it in a manner that will make it seem like we’re helping them and making their lives better. Most of them are too stupid to know that we’re actually strengthening our grip on them.”
Right now in the U.S., the closest thing we have to universal preschool is the $8 billion-a-year Head Start program, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services. It’s currently limited to people at a certain poverty level, but as 44th President Obama said in 2012 at his State of the Union address, he wanted to make high quality preschool available to every single child in America.
When the government says it wants to make something “available,” that’s when you know that it’s the next step on the way to making it “mandatory.” And why not? That one year could be critical to molding the minds of children to what the government wants them to think and believe, rather than the way their parents want to influence them.
If you believe that preschool is helpful for youngsters, do you believe it should be mandatory prior to entering kindergarten? Please let me know what you think.