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?
Vicky has a nice post about this past Sunday’s excursion to Mount Vernon. I also noted the fake stone, though for some reason I’ve always thought of the mansion as having clapboard siding. According to the signs, George Washington was fascinated with faux finishes of all types, and actually I’m curious now about the faux walnut finish on the pine board interior paneling.
So why all the silence? Partly it’s that I haven’t had much to inspire me to write, and partly that I’ve been too busy to write it even if I did.
Work is busier than ever, and likely to remain so for awhile thanks to the sudden firing of a colleague who had been handling a lot of special projects. Most of those will now be on ice until we find a replacement.
School is giving me challenges, partly because I am going to be on the hook to finish our studio paper when my classmate goes to New Zealand for a month, partly because I am at a loss to complete my outgoing assignment for a weekend seminar that happened weeks ago.
Taxes. Got to file an extension at this point.
My daughter is apparently continuing to develop her digestive system at a lackadaisical pace, and most other things weeks ahead of normal. See FlickR for the latest pics.
And one current event, of the Good News variety: Alexandria sent out a press release today announcing a water taxi between Old Town and the new Washington Harbor development south of the Wilson Bridge. You’ll be able to take the boat from Georgetown to Old Town, to Washington Harbor and (at least in theory) Occoquan and Woodbridge. Cool, huh?
My first week back is mostly too boring to write about, though I guess if I had real writing talent I could make my laundry, cleaning and conference calls much more intense and riveting than they really were. Anyway, one subject I know everyone likes: cute babies!