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Education Follies

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment

A couple of nuggets indicating more foibles of our education establishment:

First, from the Paper of Record, the New York Post, a story on the education establishment as Big Brother, spying on and monitoring overweight kids:

Parental consent or notification seem to be a casualty of this brave new frontier.

Next, from Walter Russell Mead, a story which I long suspected: Head Start, whose success has long been and educational and political shibboleth, is quite likely the scam that I have long suspected.

From Mead:

” “Head Start” has been the poster child of federal aid to education ever since the Lyndon Johnson administration introduced it as part of the Great Society. And for decades liberals have pointed to it as one of the great advances that the federal government has brought to education, and as evidence that creative social engineering by smart professional interventionists can change the world.

But a long-suppressed government report finally released by the Obama administration report is shaking the foundations of Head Start, and the news isn’t coming from right wing conservatives but from Joe Klein at Time magazine. As Klein reports,

We spend more than $7 billion providing Head Start to nearly 1 million children each year. And finally there is indisputable evidence about the program’s effectiveness, provided by the Department of Health and Human Services: Head Start simply does not work.”

Read the Whole thing.