March 10, 2009 1:44PM

The Early‐​Ed Big Lie

In a speech on education this morning at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, President Obama repeats questionable statistics in support of his bid to expand the government’s monopoly on education back to the womb, asserting that “$1 of early education leads to $10 in saved social services.”

Unfortunately he’s referring to small‐​scale programs that involved extensive and often intensive total‐​family intervention rather than simple “early education.”

In contrast to the– real‐​world school choice programs have been tested extensively with solid, random‐​assignment studies. Nine out of ten of these studies find statistically significant improvement in academic achievement for at least one subgroup.

Obama should follow the scientific evidence on what works in education; school choice, not “early education.”