There are various arguments in favor of the Head Start program. First of all, it’s not all a bunch of “niggers and beaners wasting hard-working White taxpayer dollars,” which is 100% of the reason behind all anti-Head Start arguments. I spoke to a man who lived in rural Western Pennsylvania. He worked somehow for the local Head Start program, and it was filled up with the children of low income rural Whites there. So White kids use it too.
How about this? Moneyed people get to send their kids to preschool, right? Ok, well then, as it sounds like a basic right like food and health care, why don’t low income and poor people get to send their kids to preschool too? It’s only for the rich and the middle class? You are punishing little children for the low incomes of their parents. What you are saying is that these kids messed up by picking the wrong parents, so we have to punish them by denying them this program.
How about another one? The argument against Head Start makes no sense whatsoever.
The argument says that Head Start is absolutely worthless and all benefits fade after 2-3 years, so there’s no point in having the program. It’s true that what look like remarkable gains do indeed fade after a few years, but there are lower level gains that are sustained far into adulthood as I will show below.
But let’s look at this argument itself. There’s nothing special or automagical about Head Start. It’s not some kooky program dreamed up by liberal fools. Head Start is nothing other than preschool. Preschool for children from low income and poor families. It’s no different from the preschools the moneyed folks send their super special children to. Not even 1% different.
But wait a minute. If Head Start doesn’t work or is worthless, isn’t that argument saying that preschool doesn’t work or is useless? Well if it’s useless, why do these same moneyed parents who spend good money to send their kids to preschool even bother? It doesn’t work, right?
But moneyed parents send their kids to preschool because they are convinced by many good arguments that it works, is good for their kids, and is worth the money. So preschool is necessary and it works great for our kids, except that it’s useless and fails for those other people’s kids?
Well for Chrissake. Does it work or not? If it fails, for God’s sake, pull your rugrats out and save some cash. But if it works, as moneyed folks are convinced, then they need to explain how it somehow works for their special pale kids, but it doesn’t work for those blighted duskier kids over yonder?
Preschool works great, except when it’s called Head Start, and then it doesn’t work at all and is a failed program that needs to be eliminated. I suppose they could craft an argument that Head Start works great for kids from moneyed backgrounds, but it fails for those darker Brown and Black kids, I guess because those kids are too inferior to make use of it or something.
It’s all nonsense. Preschool works. Preschool works for moneyed and lighter skinned kids when it’s called preschool. It works, apparently just as well, for poorer and darker kids when it’s called Head Start.
The argument against Head Start lies demolished before we even get to the studies. It’s dead before it’s even left the starting gate. It failed even as a hypothesis.
But just for the sake of shooting fish in a barrel, let’s look at the figures for Head Start:
Granted the grandiose claims of its supporters when Head Start was begun have not panned, but so what?
How about if we judge the program on one and only one variable? Is it cost-effective.
The kids who go through Head Start don’t end up Rhodes Scholars, but they end up better on many different variables. Less mental retardation (under 70 IQ), more high school graduation, lower arrest rates, and welfare use. In fact many studies have shown that Head Start is actually cost-effective and cheaper than no Head Start. It’s not a miracle cure, but it’s worth the money economically.
No Child Left Behind was a rightwing plot to destroy our public schools. Bush required public schools to improve their scores each and every year into eternity! Seriously. If not, there were serious punishments funding-wise.
Well, of course this is not possible, so much test faking and cheating ensued, for which I don’t blame them. My family were children of the US public schools. I do not look kindly on rightwing attempts to destroy our public schools that so many good White kids literally depend on. It’s viciously anti-White.
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The guy below was arguing against your position – but, again, where’s the fucking compassion? I mean true, these programs are not producing rocket scientists – but honestly, it is improving the society and averting what would probably be war and/or genocide (coming either from the lower IQ, the higher IQ, or both).
I mean if there was no way to “tame” the unfortunate in the US, of course there would be mass violence and social upheaval.
Jason, the compassion comes after we see facts clearly. I’ve mentioned countless times, that we need vocation schools at the high school level to train those kids that are not college-bound toward in some kind of useful profession. The Left will never allow it because those schools would be about 1/2 brown/ black and 1/2 white kids…in other words too much for them to admit. Instead we keep denying the obvious. Teacher’s unions, a pillar of the Left, would also not allow it either. They literally don’t want any choice for kids–from Charter schools to vocational schools.
Another rich example of compassion would be to admit that Johnson’s $21 Trillion dollar “War on Poverty” has not only failed but it’s INCREASED poverty amongst black persons. At least 30% of this $21 Trillion, or $7 Trillion, was spent on the Black population in a very real attempt at “reparations.” (See my post Blacks, Hispanics and Illegals Dominate Welfare Spending.) It was also the beginning of “free stuff” for blacks to keep them voting for Democrats.
There’s TANF, Section 8 housing, Food stamps, Medicaid, AFDC, Head Start, hiring quotas, set-asides, sharply lowered standards in police and fire departments. Sharply lowered standards for college and grad school admissions. “Free money” student loans that will never be repaid. We have free breakfasts for black children and even free lunches.
Taken together, US Blacks live in a state of “Custodial Care” by Whites because they can’t take care of themselves.
Nothing has worked. Nothing ever will. This money is paid to the most unworthy people in the world — by the most worthy people in the world. Until people take responsibility for themselves and their own families and communities, nothing will ever work.
All this because our society cannot admit that black intelligence is too low, they hold too many bad ideas, have little logic and black criminality is far too high to support any kind of higher level of civilization.
But what’s worse is that all this money and it’s perverse incentives (to break up marriages) has WORSENED Black life in America since 1964 and we can’t admit THAT either!
Since the start of the war on poverty, black kids are NOT doing better in school, housing projects built for ghetto blacks are all slums (a complete lack of personal responsibility), and drug violence, gun violence, incarcerations, STD infections and black abortions remain at epidemic levels. Black high school completion rates are about the same as ever, ie., <50%.
Black culture is actually much worse now. Black culture is in virtual collapse with 72% of black babies born without a father in the house. Compare this to only 25% when the "war on poverty" was started. I can't think of a single more devastating statistic to describe a cultural collapse than the 72% figure; indicating that the institution of marriage has collapsed. Single parent families are nearly all in a state of poverty. That's where we are after 56 years of "reparations."
"Reparations" has help cause a complete and utter Black cultural collapse.
The result of the cultural collapse is evident from appalling crime statistics, the fact that 70% of new AIDs cases are black, gonnorhea infection rates are 13 to 18 times the white average, and black men commit 56% of homocides even though they are 6.5% of the population. Blacks commit crimes at 6 to 7 times the rate of whites (higher in urban areas) and are incarcerated in that same proportion. Now we have "flash mob robberies" and "knockout assaults" that are overwhelmingly black crimes.
You can throw all the money in the world at social programs for people, but if there is laziness, addictions, bad attitudes and bad decisions, low intelligence and little impulse control, high levels of violence, it will over-ride any and all social programs. Of course the Left never wants to hear about personal responsibility when they are the most irresponsible. They want to blame our economic system, take more and more of your tax dollars and piss that money away on programs that aren't working.
Black kids will never be hired when they often can't speak right, they often can't dress right, when they often have no self-respect, no discipline and no education. This is the problem today, yesterday and 50 years ago. No amount of money spent, no government bureaucrat and no bureaucracy can fix this. Why don't we admit that we've failed?
Instead, you get 100% denial, 100% of the time and a punch in the face. A little humility would go a long way with me.
You can’t talk like this here, man. This is a socialist website. We support Democrats and basically hate the Right. No supporting the Right or the Republican Party here, no supporting rightwing economics, etc.
I appreciate your views and you are surely entitled to them. But this website is not a good fit for you and I am sure there are many other places where your views would be much more welcome.