Not surprisingly, the “love the idea of the fetus (as long as they don’t have to offer healthcare to the fetus) hate the child” party in Texas is against Pre-Kindergarten education. In fact, some are calling it “Godless.”
To be fair, the fight is sort of a civil war within the Republican party in Texas. One of the biggest advocates of Pre-K is Governor Greg Abbot (R) who said “we must improve early education.”
Advisers to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a Tea Partier, disagree. They call the initiative socialist and Godless.
“We are experimenting at great cost to taxpayers with a program that removes our young children from homes and half-day religious preschools and mothers’ day out programs to a Godless environment with only evidence showing absolutely NO LONG-TERM BENEFITS beyond the 1st grade,” the letter said.
Source: Midland Reporter-Telegram
Of course, the authors of the letter are wrong. Pre-K has proven short and long-term benefits. People who went to Pre-K are more financially successful and are less than half as likely to accept welfare as adults. They are far less likely to be arrested, especially as an adult.
For every dollar invested in Pre-K, there is at least a four-fold return, if not ten-fold.
President Obama has long been an advocate of Pre-K education. His goal, which received less press than the Affordable Care Act, is to have universal preschool, which would include a $750 million grant to states.
Of course, if the Affordable Care Act has taught us anything, it’s that Republicans will refuse even free money, especially if it comes from the black guy in the White House. As they fuel the flames of bigotry by making the “Godless” claim (yes, people would still have the right to send their children to religious pre-schools), look for it to be the next hot button issue in the culture wars.
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