To: Rep. Perry, L.,
Subject: Please VOTE NO on HB 96: State-funded preschool
I urge you to vote NO on HB96. We already know that "early learning" in a preschool environment is not only ineffective, but frequently counter-productive.
- 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 take business away from moms who are trying to support their families with private day care; it will put poor children at an even greater disadvantage scholastically. It's a bad idea.
Please vote NO.