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,
Date: Thu Feb 06 16:48:22 MST 2014
I am emailing with concern over HB0096. I wonder why we are spending more money on programs that seem to be nothing more than State daycare services. I recognize that our students (6 of which I claim stewardship over) as a whole are lagging. But is educating them earlier really the answer? I am sure you know about Head Start. Even President Obama, a master of ineffective programs, has found that the program is ineffective (see this 2010 NY Post article: http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/head-start-tragic-waste-money). So why is Utah trying to model a failing program? Please don't spend our limited education dollars on this. There are better ways to invest in the future of our children. If there are local individuals and business owners that want to contribute to the future of our children (as the bill claims), why not invest in technology or proven teaching methods (NOT COMMON CORE)? What about investing in programs that teach our children about how money works so that we can combat excessive consumer debt and the "must have it now" mentality which is plaguing our society. What about technology programs that teach our children about developing apps and software (seeing that Utah Valley is Silicon Valley East means we probably could garner a lot of support from that community in this effort.)? If we want our children to grow up and be meaningful contributors to society, I have a hard time seeing how pre-k education is the answer. Please look for reasonable answers to the problem and not solutions seem to be void of logic and common sense.
Thank you for all you do,