Argumentative Essay On Head Start

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Head Start: Worth The State Funding, or Worth The State Cutting? “See, that's why Barack's running: to end the war in Iraq responsibly - to build an economy that lifts every family, to make sure health care is available for every American - and to make sure that every child in this nation has a world-class education all the way from preschool to college.” Those are the words of our first lady, Michelle Obama. As per the U.S. Department of Education, at least 45% of children from the ages of three to five do not receive a preschool education. Most of the children in the U.S. that attend preschool are in private schools that their parents pay for. (“Preschool Programs”). There was push for public pre-k education to improve at a state level…show more content…
Preschool does not effectively prepare its students for school. (“Preschool Programs”). In the year of 1978, Head Start supporters such as The Children’s Defense Fund obstructed President Carter when he tried to move Head start into the Department of Education. Although Bush’s proposals were sold as a fix for Head Start’s problems, they were not included in any other ordinances pertaining to Head Start. When Bush brought the NRS forward in 2003, he required that all children of ages four and five take a standardized test to evaluate their progress. The main goal of the NRS was to figure out which Head Start programs were not effectively preparing students and then reevaluate the funding of those underachieving centers. Carrying out these tests cost close to $22 million annually. As of May 2005, the Government Accountability Office (GOA), the department that oversees the usage of taxpayer’s dollars, found that the tests done by the NRS were unreliable due to imperfections. As good of an idea as it was, they stated that the test did not have a good design that was easy to follow, and it did not have clear way of determining results either. One big concern of theirs and many others is that Head Start teachers and staff "have narrowed the curriculum they teach in response to the NRS. (Head Start…show more content…
In any event, studies for either side have shown to have been mistaken, poorly designed or even exaggerated. One of the more significant studies done was the HSIS which examined the benefits of participation in Head Start. According to HHS, the results showed that “no significant impacts were found for math skills, pre-writing, children’s promotion, or teacher report of children’s school accomplishments or abilities in any year.” Basically leaving them with few minor positives, this study puts Head Start out to be a “glorified babysitting service”. And as far as the Perry study goes, economists do not believe much can be learned from it due to its sample size and how long ago it was done. Cascio and Schanzenbach’s study earns points for addressing Obama’s cited model states, Georgia and Oklahoma. The study showed no long-term effects in the reading or math test scores of students from preschool programs. It sounds great that Head Start could help parents become closer with their children but that is not a good enough reason to be spending so much money on it. (Obama’s

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