"Reroute the Preschool Juggernaut" book review
July 14, 2009
Checker's book, Reroute the Preschool Juggernaut, is reviewed in this Washington Times piece. Writer Martin Morse Wooster says Checker "asks several hard questions that ought to be answered before a national preschool subsidy is created." Among those, Checker wonders "if we can't establish good standards for Head Start after 40 years, why should we assume that a similar national preschool project will have firm, unyielding standards?" Checker argues that proponents of the national preschool program underestimate its cost, and he favors "a more limited program specifically targeted to the children of low-income families most at risk of falling behind," Wooster writes. All in all, Wooster calls the book "essential reading for anyone concerned about this substantial expansion of the federal role in education." He concludes:
In "Reroute the Preschool Juggernaut," Mr. Finn asks us what's the right thing to do about preschool—help 4-year-olds who are poor and struggling or satisfy the insatiable public education establishment's unlimited cravings for tax dollars?
Check out the full review!