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Head Start's sad and costly secret -- what Washington doesn't want you to know
Foxnews ^ | 1/16/13 | Lindsey M. Burke

Posted on 01/16/2013 8:01:26 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants

‘Twas the Friday before Christmas, and while most Americans were enjoying time with family and friends, the bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) were stirring quietly about, preparing to release its long-overdue evaluation of the Head Start program.

Head Start is an $8 billion per year federal preschool program, designed to improve the kindergarten readiness of low-income children. Since its inception in1965, taxpayers have spent more than $180 billion on the program.

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The first-grade evaluation found that any benefits the children may have accrued while in the Head Start program had dissipated by the time they reached first grade.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: headstart; headtart; waste
A prove totally worthless program yet the politicians keep on funding it.
1 posted on 01/16/2013 8:01:32 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Several years ago Tennessee hired an independent company to evaluate the Head Start program here. They got the same results.


2 posted on 01/16/2013 8:04:05 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The only thing that Hollywood gets right about guns is that criminals will always get them.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

From what I understand, the “teachers” are often mothers of the Head Start participants!


3 posted on 01/16/2013 8:05:21 AM PST by Montanabound
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To: Blood of Tyrants

One of those drops in the bucket that are filling the supertanker.


4 posted on 01/16/2013 8:06:38 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
"Several years ago Tennessee hired an independent company to evaluate the Head Start program here. They got the same results."

I remember reading a report at least 10 years ago that came to the exact same conclusion.

5 posted on 01/16/2013 8:07:01 AM PST by circlecity
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To: Montanabound

My mother worked for head start for the first 20 years. She says its nothing but social engineering and a money grabbing scam.


6 posted on 01/16/2013 8:09:07 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Montanabound

It is a government funded babysitting service, nothing more.


7 posted on 01/16/2013 8:09:25 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The only thing that Hollywood gets right about guns is that criminals will always get them.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I could not get my kids in head start..

you see, I am a taxpayer, not a taxtaker...

a useless waste of a babysitting program...

after all, welfare recipients need a break from raising kids too...


8 posted on 01/16/2013 8:10:53 AM PST by joe fonebone (The clueless... they walk among us, and they vote...)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Free babysitting for the welfare crowd.


9 posted on 01/16/2013 8:11:41 AM PST by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Head Start, Pre-K and Kindergarten are all socialist inspired means to start indoctrination as early as possible.
I never went to any of them. I started in the First Grade, as did most people of my generation.
It wasn’t until the socialists got into the education system and saw an opportunity for early indoctrination that these programs came about.


10 posted on 01/16/2013 8:19:17 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Children, pets, and slaves get taken care of. Free Men take care of themselves.)
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To: PeteB570

Call your Congrescritter 202-224-3121


11 posted on 01/16/2013 8:22:38 AM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: BuffaloJack

Me too. Never saw the inside of a school until the first grade. The “educators” can’t wait to get their hooks into the kiddies so the are set in the wrong direction from an early age.


12 posted on 01/16/2013 8:26:22 AM PST by Gasshog (Welcome to the United States of Stupidos!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

It’s based on a false premise.


13 posted on 01/16/2013 8:49:37 AM PST by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: csmusaret

NC # 4 David Price - a lefty liberal if there ever was one.


14 posted on 01/16/2013 8:50:20 AM PST by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I’m sure it has let the administrators live very well


15 posted on 01/16/2013 8:57:53 AM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: PeteB570

Absolutely!!!!!!!!


16 posted on 01/16/2013 9:00:10 AM PST by Parmy
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To: Montanabound
From what I understand, the “teachers” are often mothers of the Head Start participants!

That is correct. Head Start was set up as a jobs program for otherwise unemployable minority women. It never was about children's education, as the studies have consistently shown for years now. None of this is new, or a surprise.

17 posted on 01/16/2013 9:12:08 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Blood of Tyrants

“totally worthless program yet the politicians keep on funding it.”

The writer, P.J. O’Rourke, once wrote that government failure is “underfunded.” And Ronald Reagan said that the closest thing to eternal life on earth is a government program


18 posted on 01/16/2013 9:25:59 AM PST by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: BuffaloJack; Blood of Tyrants; cripplecreek

All so-called early childhood education is free babysitting. Children are better off learning in the home, if not for their entire childhood, at least for the first 8 to 10 years of their lives. Preschool accomplishes nothing but teaching kids how to pick up the worst germs and bad habits from other preschoolers.

See Raymond Moore’s books, School Can Wait and Better Late Than Early.


19 posted on 01/16/2013 9:54:34 AM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: philetus

Sorry, but the head start director in our area made about $11.63 an hour. And you had to have a college degree. In urban areas it may be pay more, but not here. And I know this because I was one


20 posted on 01/16/2013 10:07:30 AM PST by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: BuffaloJack

My Kindergarten class met in the basement of my church in the early 70’s


21 posted on 01/16/2013 10:50:43 AM PST by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: chae

After I posted I looked at salaries and I could see that the local staffs didn’t make a lot of money.
I should have been clearer.Know what I mean?


22 posted on 01/16/2013 12:29:25 PM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: philetus

yeah I thought that may have been what you meant, just wanted to clarify. Its cool.


23 posted on 01/16/2013 2:12:25 PM PST by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: Pining_4_TX
All so-called early childhood education is free babysitting.

Hardly free. My wife was a preschool administrator for a parochial school. It was a thousand bucks a month per kid ...and there was a waiting list.

24 posted on 01/16/2013 4:10:49 PM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend

I stand corrected! It is often expensive babysitting. ;-)


25 posted on 01/18/2013 4:04:56 AM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Pining_4_TX

Yeah, I used to say to my wife... Mr and Mrs “Smith” have 3 kids in your preschool, that’s 3000 a month and Mrs “Smith” needs to work to pay the preschool bill. Why doesn’t she just stay home and raise the kids herself?

Used to start many an argument! LOL!


26 posted on 01/18/2013 11:02:29 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend

Wow, that’s sad. We live in the age of the tyranny of the expert. People actually believe that kids need somebody with a Ph.D. in education to teach their kids the alphabet.


27 posted on 01/18/2013 11:27:02 AM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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