Saturday, January 16, 2010

Only One Paper Mentions the Head Start Study?

No media bias in the lack of coverage, certainly. Head Start program offers little sustained benefit | Midwest Voices Only the Kansas City Star mentions the study, and only one of the editorial page columnists mentions in a blog post. I wonder if made the print edition in any way.
Head Start provides little sustained benefit. A quote from the study:
... this report finds that providing access to Head Start has benefits for both 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds in the cognitive, health, and parenting domains, and for 3-year-olds in the social-emotional domain. However, the benefits of access to Head Start at age four are largely absent by 1st grade for the program population as a whole. For 3-year-olds, there are few sustained benefits, although access to the program may lead to improved parent-child relationships through 1st grade…
They quote a piece by the Heritage Foundation. (Don't they do their own research?)

Funny this silence, since it is government program proven to have no effects - except spending money. Not so funny when you consider
“Head Start is a key part of the Obama Administration’s strategic focus on early learning,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announcing the new initiative.
It doesn't work, so we are going to get more of it.

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