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Report: A next social contract for the primary years of education

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EDUCATION, early childhood, EQUITY, access, POLICY, LEADERSHIP, systemic change

Areas

FEDERAL:equitable resources development and distribution

Authors

Lisa Guernsey, Sara Mead

Published

2010, 4/9/2010

Publisher

New America Foundation

Abstract

"We, as a nation, are doing a very good job of squandering human potential and making life harder for all Americans as a result. This has to stop. If our government, at the local, state, and federal level, does not start investing in education systems that reach children before kindergarten, and if it does not get serious about providing children with high-quality instruction throughout the earliest years of their schooling, it is wasting taxpayer dollars, ignoring decades of research and disregarding the extraordinary potential of millions of children who otherwise have very little chance of succeeding in school. This paper lays out the case for a fundamental rethinking of public policy related to children’s primary years in education, starting at age three and reaching up through the third grade."

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