To: Francis Gibson, Lowry Snow, Patrice Arent, Richard Cunningham, Steve Eliason, Greg Hughes, Brad Last, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, Jim Nielson, Val Peterson, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Dean Sanpei, Keven John Stratton,
Subject: NO on HB 96
Date: Thu Feb 06 04:55:22 MST 2014
This email message is going to members of the Utah House Education Committee, and blind carbon copy to several dozen friends, family, and politically minded citizens. Thanks. Lowell.
The House Education Committee meets in the morning (Wednesday, February 6, 2014) at eight o'clock to consider, among other things, HB 96, "Utah School Readiness Initiative."
Please OPPOSE this bill!
This bill would collect longitudinal data on pre-school children, which fits nicely with Common Core--which I abhor because it is an expensive approach to teaching that is demonstrably inferior to traditional methods of teaching.
This bill would institutionalize a program that resembles "Head Start" the comprehensive preschool program that began in 1965, went 45 years, spent $166 billion, and was proven a failure. Let's not repeat such history.
This bill would institutionalize a program that is a step toward the realization of one of Obama's goals--that of establishing "a continuum of high-quality early learning for children beginning at birth and continuing to age five.” (http://www.ed.gov/early-learning) Do NOT go there! The best "high-quality early learning" occurs in the home, with moms and dads and siblings--not in a public (government) institution.
The federal government is incentivizing data collection and testing for small children and invasive home visits. (See http://truthinamericaneducation.com/uncategorized/education-liberty-watch-highlights-federal-pre-k-takeover).
The Institute of Marriage and Family has shown that early education does NOT benefit children and that they are better off beginning school later rather than earlier. (See http://www.imfcanada.org/issues/nurturing-children-why-early-learning-does-not-help and http://www.moorefoundation.com/article/48/about-moore-home-schooling/moore-foundation/articles/when-education-becomes-abuse).
If you disagree with my perspective on this bill, please enlighten me.
Let me know how you intend to vote on this bill.
Thank you for your service in the legislature.
Lowell C. Nelson
11167 N 5100 W
Highland, Utah 84003
(801) 763-8046 (home)
(801) 722-6627 (work)
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