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How Do We Break the Pattern of Poor Teaching for Poor Children?

Teaching that encourages creativity and critical thinking is increasingly reserved for affluent children.

Almost every proposal for "school reform" is top-down: divert public money to quasi-private charter schools, pit states against one another in a race for cash, offer rewards when test scores go up, fire the teachers or close the schools when they don't.

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Why Early Childhood Education Matters

States are grappling with whether to eliminate preschool, as education dollars shrink. Do we fund early childhood education now, or pay more later?

As education dollars shrink, states are grappling with whether to eliminate preschool. Do we fund early childhood education now, or pay more later?

As school bells rang for the first time this fall, thousands of preschoolers were left on the sidelines because state funding cuts forced their classrooms to close. And the sad fact is that most of these young children left behind by budget cuts will never catch up to their classmates.

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