Evidence suggests that expanding federal funding and reach on preschool has few if any lasting benefits, at least that have been rigorously documented for any large, modern efforts. Infamously, that includes Head Start and Early Head Start, which the federal government’s ownstudies have found to be largely impotent, and in the case of Early Head Start, potentially detrimental to some groups.
Some say the Common Core will bring great things, but transitioning to it is disruptive and we should expect to see short‐term score drops as a result. The problem is that the states that adopted the Core but then dropped it likely underwent even greater disruption.
It is Banned Books Week, designated by the American Library Association and others as the time for “celebrating the freedom to read.” Of course, having the freedom to read whatever one wants is essential to a free society.