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: Please vote NO on HB96 (Utah School Readiness Initiative)
Date: Thu Feb 06 13:30:39 MST 2014
Dear House Education Committee Members,
I urge you to vote NO on HB96. We already know that "early learning" in a preschool environment is ineffective.
- The "advantages" gained by early learning disappear by 1st grade.
- The countries that are getting rave reviews on education don't start academics until age 8.
- Numerous studies show that a school environment is NOT the best way for very young children to develop a love of love of learning, and that early academic exposure actually seems to lead to burn-out. (See "Einstein Never Used Flashcards" http://www.amazon.com/Einstein-Never-Used-Flashcards-Learn/dp/1594860688)
We can't afford this; it will put poor children at an even greater disadvantage; it will take business away from moms who are trying to support their families with private day care. It's a bad idea.
Mother of Five
Education Officer, Utah County Republican Party