Originally Sent: 2/3/2014
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Kids Stay Home: Please Call to Stop Government Preschools
The research is clear: the best place for little kids is at home with their families. Home is a rich environment where they interact with their environment and loving family members in ways that help them grow socially, emotionally and academically—in ways that can’t be orchestrated or mimicked in impersonal institutional settings.
But there is a push to suck 4-year olds out of their homes. Their strategy is to offer free (i.e., taxpayer-funded or gambling- funded) daytime institutionalization everywhere.
LD 1530 no longer places mandates on 5-year olds. But it requires every school district to offer free preschool to 4-year olds. It creates the perfect set-up for parents who might not know the facts, in a moment of weakness, to put their precious 4-year olds in daytime institutionalization.
If LD 1530 is enacted, the government propaganda apparatus will be activated to convince parents how wonderful it is to put their 4-year olds in preschool. The facts—the years of research—will be buried under a barrage of simplistic media “feel good” messages.
Events are moving rapidly. Last week a legislative committee took action on LD 1530. A vote could occur in the full senate and house within days
Let’s stop this slow-moving train wreck now! Your phone call or email can make the difference!
Please call or email your senator and representative right away. Your message can be as simple as, “Please vote NO on LD 1530. The research shows that the richest environment for 4-year olds is their homes.”
Or you can develop a personal message from this article that summarizes the most important research on the issue: http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/S/State_Early_Education.asp
Use this link to get contact information for your state senator and state representative.
This link provides 38 bullet points explaining why early education is bad for kids, or at best, the gains from early education simply evaporate after a couple of years. http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/S/State_Early_Education.asp
This HSLDA article provides additional important background: http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/F/Federal_Early_Ed.asp
If free preschool for 4-year olds is established everywhere in Maine, it will make it easier for a future legislature to lower the age of compulsory education. Some jurisdictions have already tried to lower the age of compulsory education to 3-years of age!Homeschoolers of Maine stands with HSLDA in opposing LD 1530.
Thank you for standing with us for freedom!
Scott A. Woodruff
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