If only there were a system for organizing economic activity under which revenues are most easily raised by better‐serving one’s customers or by attracting additional ones. And if only that system had been shown to work in education just as in other fields.
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.
When the subsidies start flowing, the do‐gooders in Washington just can’t keep their hands off. Regulatory manipulation is just too tempting for the politicians and bureaucrats, who hide their big‐government impulses behind conservative‐sounding phrases such as “standards” and “accountability.”