Friday, March 05, 2010
Pre-School - Expensive AND Injurious
Two days per week, my 3.72 year old daughter attends preschool at a local community center, for 2.5 hours time. It's cheap and it's close. I consider it nothing more than convenient babysitting.
But no longer. The State of Massachusetts just stepped in and declared it *unregistered* or *unlicensed*. Thus, this particular program can only offer 6 days of classes per month, henceforth.
Now I've never been overly fond of daycare or pre-school, and 6 days per month is plenty for me. Getting ready, dropping off, and picking her up from pre-non-school kills the momentum of my day. I was elated when my son stopped going last year. And I'm very much looking forward to the Princess' last days. This way I can get the kids into a more efficient and regular homeschooling routine.
Getting back to the BS licensing issue...
While it represents a clearly unwarranted, illiberal meddling in the affairs of individuals, there's the consequence that all the regulations end up *taxing* away preschools. And THAT is a good thing indeed!
Side Note - Recently I was talking to a local *mom*, an acquaintance. She told me that she was a *big believer* in preschool, *lots of preschool* in fact. I asked her if she researched this belief. No answer. I informed her that children who are heavily daycared have half the vocabulary of 5 year olds who weren't. I told her, I had plenty of material on this subject I could send her.
CaptiousNut - Are you interested?
LocalMom - Nope.
CaptiousNut - You don't even want to take a look at it?
LocalMom - Nope. I'm not interested. I'm a big believer in preschool.
And there you have it folks, a circular self-fulfilling argument against Moronic parents (products of Big Education) teaching their own!
I just can't tell you how many times I've endured this same tragic conversation. The first 50 times, I was really trying to be helpful. But now I'm jaded by the .000 batting average. Now I just provoke for my own self-amusement.