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Spoken Like a Community Organizer

“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.

He goes on: “Our challenge is to make Head Start even stronger, and to help more children and family (sic) benefit from its good work. My administration has increased access to Head Start programs and we’ve launched a new partnership with child-care centers to reach tens of thousands more infants and toddlers. Plus a growing number of states and cities are taking steps to boost access to quality preschool.”

Translation: We’re not happy just wasting the $8.5 billion a year now being poured into this achievement-free program, but want to borrow even more money from China to throw at the increasingly parasitic government school industry, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party. This lot, and the party which buys its votes with unending federal boodle, will not be satisfied until there is federally paid education in the womb.

How long before the term “pre-school” is rendered obsolete as there will no longer be any time before comrade government teacher arrives on the scene? Chalk and blackboards in the maternity ward?

Sadly, although Head Start is a proven waste of time, space, and money, little more than a gravy train for those employed by it, it has become a political sacrament. Beyond criticism. Politicians in both parties genuflect before it. To point to the obvious, that it’s not the “start of a better life” for millions, is to run the risk of being clapped in the public stocks on charges of public racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, trans-fatism, and other lesser and included misdemeanors. So expect this program, which contributes almost nothing to the nation’s fund of adult knowledge but contributes a great deal to the national debt, to be around for another half century.

Larry Thornberry
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Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.
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