Pre-K Education Policy
Research shows that infancy is super important for one’s brain development. Initially, politicians would jump on this opportunity and say we need to add years on the young end of educational institutions. However, there’s some fascinating research that a group at Harvard did on Romanian orphanages. When children are institutionalized from birth – they’ve done brain scans on these kids from infancy up now through adolescence – it damages their brains when they are in an interaction-deprived, institutionalized setting. Some of the childcare in our country comes close to that setting.
Prior to jumping the gun and implementing universal pre-K, we need to be aware of this. That kids at home with a parent may have more stimulating of an environment than an institutional setting. We want to be sure that it does not hurt the future of our children and consequently, the future of our nation and its citizens.
Source: American Enterprise Institute
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