In the last half-century, U.S. preschool attendance has gone up to nearly 70% from 16%. But fourth-grade reading, science, and math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) — the nation’s report card — have remained virtually stagnant since the early 1970s.
All I normally hear about preschool is the usual stories about rich idiots putting their newborns in years-long waiting lists for the most prestigious ones. I went to preschool and what I remember of it was more or less “glorified daycare”, as the article puts it. My parents taught me to read at home before kindergarten, and I was reading at 5th grade level in first grade. Dad used to talk me through math problems at bedtime.
I’m far from decided on how I feel about preschool for Addison, but my sense is that putting the tuition money in a college fund may be a smarter choice. Any other parents have thoughts?