Ed Secretary Wants More Money for Gov't 'Pre-K', Won't Support Tax Breaks For Stay-At-Home Moms

Posted on April 11, 2012 by

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Whatever it takes to convince parents to cede their parental responsibilities and turn their children over to “the village” (i.e. the State) as early as possible, that’s what they’ll support…and demand your money to implement it.

Notice the socialist key words in his statements.  I have highlighted them in bold:

Eric Scheiner reports at CNS News:

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is ardent in his support of using federal funds for pre-kindergarten programs, but not as clear when it comes to giving tax breaks for a family who decides to have a parent stay at home with their children.  […]

Duncan was at Bancroft Elementary School in Washington D.C. Tuesday to discuss a report from the National Institute of Early Education Research on state’s pre-K funding.

Among the reports recommendations is that “A stable source of additional federal funding is needed to help offset interstate inequalities in financial capacity to support high quality pre-K.”  […]

CNSNews.com asked Duncan, “Do you think it’s better to have tax programs – when you look at the money that’s being spent here – or other initiatives to help a parent stay at home with a child, or do you think it’s better to have a child entered in one of these pre-kindergarten programs?”

“It’s really a personal choice for families. My challenge is, there are a lot of families, like at this school right here – a 400 person waiting list, the parents asking for those opportunities and they’re not available. So, parents want to keep their children at home or want to send them to school – I just want more high quality options available.”

“If we’re serious about closing achievement gaps and leveling the playing field I think the best thing we can do is have our children enter our kindergarten at 5 ready to learn and ready to read and so expanding access in disadvantaged communities where families are looking for it. I think its critically important work for our country to do. That’s why we’re continuing to invest year after year,” Duncan continued.

CNSNews.com followed up, “But would you support tax breaks as well, for parents that want to stay home with their children?”

“It’s something we can look at, but again we just need a lot more access to high quality programs. That’s what we’re focused on.”

Read more at CNS News

You heard it from their own mouths:  the focus is on herding kids into government programs, instead of relieving the financial strain on parents who stay home with their kids by letting them keep more of their own hard-earned money.

The ideology here is clearly that parents are not equal to the task of “closing achievement gaps” or making sure their kids are “ready to learn and ready to read.”

They’re so obsessed with economic equality that they completely undermine what kids REALLY need – functional families and engaged parents – ESPECIALLY kids in “disadvantaged communities.”   Instead, their goal is to get Nanny State to relieve parents of their responsibilities.

Cross posted at ThoughtsFromAConservativeMom.com

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