“For millions of families, Head Start has been a lifeline. And for millions of kids it’s been the start of a better life,” so says our community-organizer-in-chief in a White House Press release on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Head Start.
Nonsense. Every honest analysis of the results of Head Start shows that any increase in student achievement by Head Starters over kids who’ve not enjoyed the privilege has disappeared by the time the kids reach high school (for those that get that far). The only beneficiaries of the program are the adults who get jobs teaching in or administering yet another wasteful federal program. If Obama doesn’t think this is so, then he can enumerate how this hugely expensive program has enhanced the level of inner-city life, starting with, to pick a city at random, say, Baltimore.