Ah. I was talking about preschool, not Head Start. And I need some evidence for this claim.
Originally Posted by Cephus
I'm going to need a lot more convincing than that.
We're not talking about preschool, we're talking about Head Start. Head Start is just free daycare with a thin veneer of education laid over it.
Long-Term Benefits of Head Start Study Fact Sheet
"Despite doubts cast by previous studies of Head Start, a long-term study shows that a Head Start program of the 1970s, which was part of the National Planned Variation Head Start Project, helped participating young children achieve greater school success and avoid crime as they grew up. Earlier studies of the federal Head Start preschool program for low-income children and families, which began in 1965, found short-lived effects on children's test scores, prompting the government to make program improvements."
In other words, the studies that show that "the benefits disappear after a few years" may only be focusing on test scores--and there's so much wrong with doing that that I don't even know where to begin.
No, it's entirely relevant. The same people who were begging for guns, wars, and bombs in the 2000s are the very same ones screaming to reduce any sort of government function that improves the quality of life, especially for disadvantaged people of color.
Which is entirely irrelevant. Yes, I think we ought to cut all of those things too. Our government should never live beyond it's means.