Raimondo Effort to Buy Votes Could Hurt Children

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Imagine a journalistic universe in which the Providence Journal, rather than simply passing along Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo’s day-before-the-primary pledge to hand out more free pre-K, had done a little bit of research into the subject matter:

Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday that if reelected she will guarantee that every 4-year-old in the state has a spot in a pre-kindergarten classroom.

“I don’t think that you should have to be wealthy in order to have a chance to have a good, high-quality pre-K,” Raimondo said, sitting in front of a classroom of preschoolers at the Heritage Park YMCA.

As regularly followed in this space, the value of universal pre-K is, at best, questionable.  The policy may even be a net harm to children and (although not yet researched) to their families.

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the people who report on the government’s activities stopped doing so from the premise that more government involvement in our lives is most likely to be a good thing?



  • Northern Exposure

    I promise to take your children form you as they emerge from your womb and begin their training…er, education. That way we can close the gender wage gap by allowing you to set aside your spawn and leave them to us while you get your butt back to work. We need the income tax revenue!

  • Rhett Hardwick

    A poll: How many think Pre-K is about “better education”, or “free day care”.

    • Chip

      free day care. If you do not believe that you can do a better job raising your children, maybe…

  • Mike678

    Funny–RI schools do fairly well in the K thru 6 grades, then begin to fail miserably by High School. You’d think the educational leadership would concentrate their efforts in those latter years. Then again, perhaps the strategy is to claim pre-K is the answer–then they have 7 to 8 years before these they have to make up more excuses!

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