The benefits of pre-kindergarten

Filed under: Media, Day Care & Education

CNN has an interesting article on a movement by some states to fund pre-kindergarten classes to the under 5 set.

The article outlines some of the benefits afforded by pre-kindergarten education, and they're quite compelling. Studies have shown that students who attended pre-kindergarten classes were more likely to graduate from high school, have higher earnings, and were less likely to be arrested than children who went straight to kindergarten. Better cognitive and language skills were also cited as reasons for the move toward the state-funded education of four year olds.

Although the article is careful to stress the fun nature of pre-kindergarten classes, I'm a little wary. If a child attends University, she will be in school for close to two decades. Is one more year really necessary?

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