Head Start’s Sad and Costly Secret—What Washington Doesn’t Want You to Know

Lindsey M. Burke, Fox News, January 14, 2013

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Head Start is an $8 billion per year federal preschool program, designed to improve the kindergarten readiness of low-income children. Since its inception in1965, taxpayers have spent more than $180 billion on the program.

But HHS’ [Department of Health and Human Services] latest Head Start Impact Study found taxpayers aren’t getting a good return on this “investment.” According to the congressionally-mandated report, Head Start has little to no impact on cognitive, social-emotional, health, or parenting practices of its participants. In fact, on a few measures, access to the program actually produced negative effects.

The HHS’ scientifically-rigorous study tracked 5,000 children who were randomly assigned to either a group receiving Head Start services or a group that did not participate in Head Start. It followed their progression from ages three or four through the end of third grade. The third-grade evaluation is a continuation to HHS’ first-grade study, which followed children through the end of first grade.

The first-grade evaluation found that any benefits the children may have accrued while in the Head Start program had dissipated by the time they reached first grade.

The study also revealed that Head Start failed to improve the literacy, math and language skills of the four year-old cohort and had a negative impact on the teacher-assessed math ability of the three-year-old cohort.

Based on this track record, HHS and Head Start devotees should not have been surprised to learn that the results of the third-grade evaluation were even worse. If the impacts of Head Start had all but disappeared by first grade, how could they suddenly reappear by the end of third grade?

Not only were the third-grade evaluation results poor, so was the department’s handling of the study. HHS sat on the results for four years. All that time, taxpayers were kept in the dark while their tax dollars continued to fund a completely ineffective program.

HHS had finished collecting all the data in 2008. Despite persistent prodding by members of Congress, the Department did not make the report (coyly dated October 2012) public until the Friday before Christmas. {snip}

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The third-grade follow-up study found that access to Head Start had no statistically measurable effects on cognitive ability, including numerous measures of reading, language and math ability.

The evaluation also examined the program’s effect on social-emotional development. It found that children in the 4-year-old group actually reported worse peer relations in third grade than their non-Head Start counterparts.

There was also no statistically significant effect on teacher-reported, social-emotional development of children. Alarmingly, there was a negative effect on the 4-year-old cohort. Teachers reported “strong evidence of an unfavorable impact on the incidence of children’s emotional symptoms.” Moreover, Head Start also failed to improve the parenting outcomes and child-health outcomes of participants.

The bottom line: Washington’s 48-year experiment with federal preschool has failed to deliver long-lasting, positive developments for its participants. Still, many in Congress argue that the way to fix this is to increase funding for Head Start.

And that’s exactly what they did in the Hurricane Sandy relief bill. It contains $100 million in new funding for Head Start—ostensibly to provide funds to Head Start centers in the Northeast affected by the storm. {snip}

Head Start fails children and costs taxpayers exorbitant amounts of money every year. And it’s just one of 69 federal preschool programs.

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[Editor’s Note: The full report is available here.]

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  • Eagle_Eyed

    Under a rational government which saw itself as spending the citizenry’s money only in areas that were of some benefit to society, this would be a death sentence for the program. Of course we all know the liberal’s mind well enough to understand these results will probably cause the opposite reaction–that a little more money will magically make everyone equally smart.

  • I thought that Head Start was the miracle cure for inequities between children from poor and middle class families. At the same time, it is not surprising that these kids are still performing behind their peers who did not attend Head Start.

  • JackKrak

    The lack of results and effectiveness are obviously proof that we haven’t spent enough on Head Start. Nothing that another few billion won’t cure, right Dems?

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      The solution to failure is more failure. The solution to wasted money is more wasted money.

    • dd121

      In Georgia the program is strictly a government funded day care operation. They make no attempt to teach anything. They tried to do a little teaching in the past but discovered that blacks can’t be educated. (You know that low-IQ-thing kept getting in the way). Should it be shut down because it never came close to achieving its charter? Oh no, dat be raciss.

      • StillModerated

        Oh no, dat be raciss, ‘n $#!+ gnome sane?

    • CaptainCroMag

      Yes, the Left not only wants more spending, but also wants to put kids into the program at an earlier age – even as early as 6 months! Since they think intelligence is entirely caused by environment, it must be that they aren’t getting these children soon enough, before they are mentally stunted from being around their own parents. With enough money and time, the Left truly believes that they can turn Black and Hispanic children into good liberal Whites.

      • Xanthippe2

        “the Left truly believes that they can turn Black and Hispanic children into good liberal Whites”

        No they don’t. They want them to replace Whites as they are more easily controlled.

        • dd121

          Most liberals I know secretly admit that as far as education is concerned blacks are simply a write-off. What the liberals want is votes and control.

  • Since its inception in 1965, taxpayers have spent more than $180 billion on the program.
    But HHS’ [Department of Health and Human Services] latest Head Start
    Impact Study found taxpayers aren’t getting a good return on this
    “investment.”

    With over one-sixth of a trillion bucks spent on it since 1965, someone’s getting a good return. One man’s waste…

    Just think, St. Paul of Krugman’s trillion dollar coin would take care of Head Start expenses for the next 30 years. No need to sweat or worry.

    • Triarius

      I don’t need a study to know blacks are a bad investment.

      • pcmustgo

        What percent of Head Start kids are black/latino? Bet there’s plenty of poor white kids in it too who also have poor (though not as poor as Blacks) outcomes.

  • The__Bobster

    For years, educators used keyword stuffing to make this wasteful program look like a huge success if you Googled it. You had to go through three pages of .edu links before you got to the truth. It’s just an expensive babysitter to allow welfare queens to get their rest after getting their freaks on the previous night.

  • Tim

    Yep, I had to check the numbers. It came when I was seven. I remember all the commercials. Now its forty seven years later and I haven`t seen any progress….. Must be about the longest running boondoggle if not the costliest.

  • Stan_Mute

    And in other news, dog bites man … film at eleven.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    Let me get this straight. You take a bunch of 3 year olds from a group of people with a history of illiteracy and stupidity, then you start teaching them Math and English early, and expect them to learn more?

    • StillModerated

      Throwing money at problems has worked extremely well in the past, I think. How do I get in on that $180 billion gibsmedat?

    • 48224

      Well, when your mother lived on hot fries and 40 ouncers the whole time she was pregnant with you…..what other outcome could there be?
      These kids start out life with 2.5 strikes against them. And Republicans don’t want government funded abortions…..WTF (Where’s The Fudge) ?

      • Joseph

        No, we want more humane and economical sterilizations or at least “Norplant” for indigents women who collect welfare payments ormen who father illegitimate children on welfare. I don’t care about race. Disinfect the genepool.

  • The only provable result is the amount of money poured down the black hole

    • Michael_C_Scott

      This is entirely the point of programs like Head Start. I’ll bet some of you thought that the profligate waste of our money was only an unintended consequence.

      • Joseph

        Like they say: “In politics, no matter what they’re talking about, they’re talking about money”.

        • and most all the time they are talking about YOUR money!

    • StillModerated

      LOL! Black hole!

      This comment is not racist.

    • toldev

      Programs like Head start do keep many liberal politicians in office. It works like this: The program employs many otherwise unemployable black women. The black women pay union dues to a public employees union. The union then bankrolls the election of liberal politicians.

      If you ever want to know why a liberal supports an ineffective program, just follow the money.

      • Berkeley redneck

        Bingo

      • Andy

        HeadStart is run by UNEMPLOYABLE BLACK WOMEN and they expect it to improve kids’ learning? Doesn’t that mean that instead of getting one-on-one (or two or three or four) attention from an unemployable black woman they will get one-on-ten or some such thing?

  • pcmustgo

    UNIVERSAL PRE-K, huh?

    I wonder how little you have to earn to qualify for Head Start.

    See, I’m of the belief that teachers and schools barely matter, that the kid’s parents influence the culture of the kid, the values, the respect for learning, especially learning for the sake of learning, like watching the news or reading books, websites, news, etc.

    I noticed in my lily white small town growing up, all of the kid’s in the upper level classes were full almost only (almost) of upper middle class kids, the middle level with middle class/lower middle class kids, and the remedial class with the lower middle class and “poor” kids.

    LOWER CLASS WHITES EVEN HAVE A LOWER CLASS CULTURE. Of course, Blacks are majority lower class, and have even less.

    There’s little anyone can do to modify other human beings from these different social classes other than to steal their kids and raise them… and even then, genetics?

  • I had no idea this “program” has been going on so long. The graduates of this program have had the opportunity to be in and out of prison multiple times and the latest generation is currently shooting up the streets of various US cities. And all this time I thought all they needed was an opportunity!

  • It does NOT matter to at least two thirds of the american population. The cost of diversity (incompetent police/firefighters/teachers. lawsuits, ships ran aground, welfare, etc) is an ACCEPTABLE EXPENSE as long as certain people are represented in respectable positions.

    The racist minorities don’t care, and most of them think money comes from thin air.
    Your clueless teenaged sons and daughters honestly believe YOU deserve to pay for the well being of those sweet, innocent, Djangos (Djangoes?).
    Who’s your salvation, white man? The Republican Party with the likes of Dole, McCain, and Romney? Aren’t these the kinds of guys who vilify Jan Brewer?

  • So CAL Snowman

    Hmmmm 1965, there’s something about that year but I can’t put my finger on it . . .

    • JohnEngelman

      The Watts Riot, perhaps?

    • dhs

      Yeah, I dimly remember a significant Fedgov action occurring in that year. I remember a senator from renown political family assuring the American people that the it would have no great impact.

    • Luca

      You can trace the decline of America back to that year and you can thank the ignoramus LBJ. The war on Poverty, the lovely Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 and the black hole called Vietnam all started that year.

    • D. H. Andrews

      That was when out immigration system was turned upside down by the Teddy Kennedy-backed Immigration Reform Act of 1965 which flung the doors wide open to hordes of undeserving Third World “refugees” and squatterw that spelled the death knell racially for our country

  • 1proactive2

    Anecdote time: In the late nineties a colleague of mine, a social worker, who supervised a Head Start program in a predominantly white school district said it was “a free day care center for lazy, fat, single welfare women”. And she was on the liberal side, politically. She also agreed with the findings of the study in the article, that it did no good over time since the same children attended kindergarten in the same building the HS program was located, and thus they could be tracked. The HS kids basically modeled mom’s approach to education which could have been called, the “Who-Gives-A-Crap?” method.
    Hey, it’s only tax money from the productive, eh?

  • JohnEngelman

    Where is Bon, From the Land of Babble? She will have some valuable comments to contribute about this.

  • JohnEngelman

    As the evidence for “The Bell Curve” keeps accumulating, people keep saying that the book has been decisively disproved, and it keeps being dangerous to dispute them.

  • falsedawn

    I don’t just hate head start. I hate all public schooling.

    • StillModerated

      Well, ending it would solve all those pesky school shootings.

  • kjh64

    The funny thing is that Blacks in segregated schools in the old days did much better than Blacks today. They scored as well as working class Whites do today. Maybe it would be better for Blacks to go to Black schools, run by Blacks and taught by Blacks with a curriculum tailored for them such as learning the basics by rote as they did in the old days. The Black schools could also be segregated by sex with Black male teachers handling Black boys and good security.

    • Anonymous

      You’re right. My mother taught over 30 years in Petersburg, VA, a black school system, and I met many of her fellow teachers who were black and had themselves been educated in segregated schools. They all spoke well and were dedicated to their jobs. My mom actually enjoyed her first two decades in the school system. It wasn’t till the mid-90s when the first group of students who were crack babies showed up (she taught 6th grade) that she started bringing home horror stories. She finally retired 3 years ago after her health declined and she couldn’t put up with the bullshit anymore. The last decade they’ve had some really incompetent people running the school system.

    • Morris Thecat

      segregated schools probably also meant black teachers and administrators. We have seen how they falsify scores, why should we think it was any different back then?

      • Ken P.

        Because the motivation for teachers and administrations to cheat was far less then than it is today. There was no such thing as NCLB. No one then would lose his or her job because a Black school did not perform as well as a nearby White school.

        • Morris Thecat

          yes, they would lose their jobs as there weren’t unions. A poorly performing school would lose students and shut down.

    • toldev

      While I agree that blacks would be better off in segregated schools, they still would not do as well as the blacks of 60 years ago. Studies may say otherwise, but the blacks of today are less intelligent than those of 60 years ago. The war on poverty has had dysgenic effects on all groups in the United States. Blacks probably have been most affected though.

  • tarczan

    The Apollo moon program cost about $140 nillion, in todays’ dollars. Think of how many more blacks could have been uplifted had we not wasted that money on this white mans’ folley.

    • Luca

      The Apollo program should have included sending at least a couple million blacks to the moon. After all, the moon has not yet tasted the fruits of diversity.

      • The Final Solution

        the moon be raciss.

        • Joseph

          “the moon be raciss.”

          No- it has a dark side and a light side, just as the earth SHOULD have.

      • June

        We used to joke about that subject and refer it as the NAACPIS…the “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Into Space.

    • Joseph

      Hmm…I wonder if we could save money by combining the two programs: black “families” and moon rockets.

  • NorthernWind

    How did Einstein’s definition of insanity go again? Haha. It’s very apt don’t you guys think? The leftists just keep doing the same old thing over and over and over and, predictably, haven’t yet made any progress.

    • Joseph

      “…The leftists just keep doing the same old thing over and over and over and, predictably, haven’t yet made any progress.”

      Certainly they *have* made great strides in forwarding the collectivist agenda. Look around, Christianity and white culture are nearly dead; the liberals run the country; immigrants overrun our cites; the globalist bankers own everything; gun confiscation is moving full-speed-ahead; children are the property of the state.

      They have had marvelous success.

  • bigone4u

    Another of the legacies wrought by the truly evil Lyndon Johnson. Almost fifty years of pouring money down a rathole in order to desperately try to disprove the obvious: Blacks are for the most part not capable of learning very much. If you can afford it, pull your children out of the government owned schools where they will be held back, pasteurized, homogenized, radicalized, and socialized by the morons in charge.

  • Morris Thecat

    spending money on negroes is always a total waste

    • bluffcreek1967

      The simple statement that you gave in the eyes of most western whites would be seen as both stupid and ‘racist.’ But because of what we know historically about blacks, and because of what we know of their IQ levels and how poorly they perform in school, it is, in fact, a total waste of tax payer funds to spend it on trying to improve them! Not only does money being spent on trying to educate them a waste of public funds, but so is money spent on feeding, clothing and housing them too (welfare state).

      NO OTHER RACE OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GIVEN SO MUCH BY WHITES, YET SQUANDERED AND WASTED SO MUCH OF IT!

      • Morris Thecat

        money spent on dogs and cats gets a better return

        • Tim

          The best description I read ever was also the one that pretty much pegged my fathers attitude . “They are half-way between god`s eternal children and folks that just need a helping hand up…”

    • Joseph

      Not if it sterilization or deportation.

  • Morris Thecat

    well, this proves one thing- IT IS THE DNA, STUPID!!

    • Joseph

      It’s somewhat analogous to abortion: They think that they can fix heredity ex-post-facto.

  • 1proactive2

    Throw in an obamaphone and maybe we could have a Head Start program for black adults. They could learn their ABCs, get free breakfast and lunch, and maybe even learn to cipher.
    Wait a minute, they already have that.

  • Frustrated Granny

    I believe much of this has to do with the fact that children at three years of age belong at home with Mom or a loving ,caring care giver rather than one of many. Learn with love and it may well stick. Always used to! Quit trying to find ways to experiment on how to take out children from their families! NOT the government’s job!!

    • Joseph

      Hey, America’s First Mother already told us years ago that it takes a taxpayer-financed village to raise a child.

  • Frustrated Granny

    So, the children also had emotional issues. Think perhaps this is the beginning of some of the problems that cause school shootings later in life? Hmmm? If the government touches it… it is damaged!!!

    • IstvanIN

      Do the children have emotional problems or are we just judging black children by white standards?

  • Frustrated Granny

    Come on folks. Black, White, Latino, Asian… it matters not if the parent/parents take no interest. Loving, caring parents. We have all contributed to this insane society we are living in today Dissention fixes nothing! And how do we even know that they haven’t fudged what they claim the kids were even taught? You trust government numbers because… why?

    • Joseph

      Not true. Parental involvement is quite important for anyone to achieve the best possible outcome but on average, even malnourished orphans from Asia who make it to America are more successful than black children raised in middle-class families in America from birth. This cannot be explained by parental caring.

  • IKantunderstand

    Head start would only EVER work if the heads of minorities could in fact be replaced by the heads of Whites. That’s not possible. At least not literally. (Not yet!). But then, it would be called Head Replace. A “head start” refers to providing someone with an advantage to make a race “even”. Even with a “head start” minorities cannot compete. The truth of the matter is this: Whites could in fact win the 100 meter dash in the Olympics with a substantial “head start”, but Blacks can never win an I.Q. race, no matter any “head start”.

  • StillModerated

    The Jesuits used to say, “give me a child under the age of 7, and he’ll be Catholic forever.” Now the Evil Empire wants our children, too. I’m surprised there are so few reports of child abuse in the HS scam. I’m guessing there a a jillion of them conveniently swept under the rug.

  • tickyul

    Guess what…..this is just one in a huge bucket full of worthless programs……..that will NEVER be cut. The country is at the point where no meaningful cuts will be made.
    Remember around 2007, at the height of the exploding housing bubble……A few of the Scumaticians were bleating about unwinding Fannie & Freddie……….LMFAO……that will never happen. Same thing with the worthless Headstart Program and a Million other worthless programs just like it.

  • jay11

    Do you have any idea how many ghetto preschools there are in urban areas all over the land? These are, like the federal government, jobs programs for blacks and immigrants. Cut the funding and you will see riots. Too many entrenched interests at every level of the affirmative action educational boondoggles.

  • Comrade Bob

    The first two Tenets of Human Bio-Diversity Denialism are:

    1. Evolution formed human beings, and then magically stopped 30,000 years ago as humans moved into widely environments.

    2. Education can improve human intelligence quotients.

    It is a highly lucrative religion if you can pull it off with a straight face.

  • IstvanIN

    You can not have a first world country with a third world population.

  • APaige

    The Problem:

    1. Black parents are too stupid or lazy to teach their kids enough to prepare for first grade.
    2. Black pupils are too stupid to learn.

    Solution: Spend $180 Billion to solve. (I read the U.S spent more on Head start than the Apollo Space Program-I guess its easier to reach the moon 40 years ago than it is to teach black kids the BASICS 40 years later. Is there a term for ‘sad and funny’? Tragicomic?

    • Michael_C_Scott

      The word you are looking for is “criminal”.

  • Sam

    Alarmingly, there was a negative effect on the 4-year-old cohort. Teachers reported “strong evidence of an unfavorable impact on the incidence of children’s emotional symptoms.”

    I can easily understand why this is. I can assume that Head Start is “taught” by a bunch of overweight black female Marxists, and getting children and parents into it gives them an earlier and more profound sense of grievance and entitlement. They’re not going to be nice to be around no matter what, but starting them off with a head start of Marxist victimology is going to make a bad outcome even worse.

    • June

      All the Headstart programs I have seen in this area are run by hateful ABBs who are basically illiterate.

  • June

    We live only a few miles from the Alabama Black Belt where Headstart Programs are everywhere. It has been common knowledge for decades that these programs are nothing but expensive daycare centers that make it easier for the baby mamas to get pregnant, again and again and again.

    A few years ago at the all-black Livingston High School in Sumter County Alabama, every senior class girl was already a single mother, some with multiple children. All were on public assistance and all their kids were in Headstart. Probably most of these girls were Headstart alumni themselves.

    • 48224

      Wow, they should change the name of the program Headstart to BrainF#rt because it is such a failure and waste of tax dollars.

    • Andy

      How many people attend the school?

      • June

        It wasn’t a large school…I think there were about 40 graduating girls (not counting the single mothers who dropped out earlier). That school has since been closed and consolidated into a larger all-black county wide school known as Sumter Central.

  • Roddion Raskolnikov

    What’s the opportunity cost of that 180 billion sunk on this ineffectual program? Did it cost us a moon base? How about an expansive high-speed rail system?

    • George

      Excellent point.

      180 billion dollars works out to $576.92 for every American man, woman and child, spent since the programme’s launch. Has there been value for money? The $12,27 every American is taxed every year to fund Head Start could and should be used in other ways:

      Cutting taxes or deficit spending, decreasing the tax burden on our grandchildren. $12.27 might not sound like much of a cut, but when combined with other, equally ineffective programmes, the spending cuts would be tangible.

      Subsidising proper daycare for low-income people *to work*, rather than rely on Welfare

      Additional U.S. Border Patrol agents to help quell the tidal wave of human dross floodin America.

      The creation of a SSN-based national Voter Registration system to eliminate (Democrat) voter fraud. Include a means of creating an acceptable ID for non-driving citizens, or cover the costs of a Sheriff’s ID for low income citizens, thus negating the Left’s claim that such a system will adversely affect poor (minorities).

      Any other ideas how the government, or We The People could better spend the money currently being squandered?

  • igotminesobamaphone

    obama give me mines phone. keep obama IN president…….he gonna buy me car an house and gas, he gonna git it out his stash….

  • Xanthippe2

    It doesn’t matter a bit that Head Start didn’t do do what they promoted it as being able to do. Watch for it being promoted next as good childcare for poor people and as providing proper nutrition for “at risk for obesity” children (read Mexican and Black).

    These programs are not really meant to elevate non-Whites, just to destroy Whites. Thus when it is shown that they do not do what they were “supposed to” do, no one seriously considers stopping them.

  • Michael Ryan

    its real purpose is free babysitting. so is this push in nyc to make preschool universal and tons of pre and after school programs

  • Ulick

    These findings won’t change anything. The government will keep funneling billions into a program that doesn’t work because for Democrats intentions mean more than outcomes, and Republicans may try to address it, will then get called racists because most Head Start recipients are minorities, and the Republicans will cower in fear of being called a name.

  • Guest

    lol

  • Government programs don’t take much time to attain lives of their own. Their initial goals rapidly become secondary to the jobs they produce. Since many jobs (and votes) are now dependent upon programs like Head Start, they don’t care whether it actually helps children. All they care about is continuing the gravy train.

    http://www.jewamongyou.wordpress.com

    • George

      In 2005, services were provided by 1,604 different programs operating more than
      48,000 classrooms scattered across every state (and nearly every county)
      at an average cost of $7,222 per child. The staff consists of nearly
      212,000 paid personnel.

      Nearly a quarter of a million affirmative action hires on this particular gravy train, Reuben. How can I claim they’re AA hires? The average real teacher in the US is paid around $43,000 per annum. The average Head Start teacher was paid $29,000 in 2009. Worth less? Worthless? You make the call.

      I think Gershwin said it best with ‘Poe-tay-toe, po-tah-toe, let’s call the whole thing off’.

  • newscomments70

    we should simply abandon them and only focus on our own children. They are a lost cause. They will never contribute anything to society, other than government make-work. We must write off our losses and move on. Let’s focus on removing criminal element from our countries and getting back to advancement. There have been no significant discoveries since 1945.

  • lucifer jefferson

    Sad for who? Taxpayers? Certainly not for the millions of moochers over and above who get free babysitting service besides everything else. Stupid stupid white slave traders who must have been under some type of demonic spell to have gone to African jungles to buy up the rejects off tribal chiefs beginning 500 yrs ago when these slaves were needed like a hole in the head and look at the consequences today ushering in Marx and his tool Lincoln 150 yrs ago up until Bush and Obama ..

    Even Jefferson was such an ignorant traitor rogue to do what he did in the DOI and then refuse to backtrack with his retarded IQ.

    Is it true Jared Taylor is just an eternal stinking liberal to worship that demonic bastard who refused to change the course of history and outlaw slavery in 1776 when he clearly had a chance to undo it all and sent them back to avoid all this, instead of making a trillion times worse with the equality comment even blaspheming the Creators name with lies? The man was truly in cahoots with hell.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    John Engelman:

    You rang??

    The government knew back in the 70s when the first reports came out about the effectiveness of the Head Start program that it didn’t work. Government’s answer: Sink more money into it, massive amounts of money.

    Which leads me to believe that the billions spent on Head Start aren’t about “closing the achievement gap at an early age” or giving “disadvantaged children a leg up” — it is about an employment program for poor mothers and a baby-sitting program for hood rats.

    At least on the surface.

    I wonder how many billions were disappeared into Democrat candidates’ war chests or used to puff up union coffers.

    President 0bama said:

    “For every dollar we invest in these programs, we get nearly $10 back in reduced welfare rolls, fewer health care costs, and less crime.”

    But a comprehensive, rigorous evaluation published by the DHS in 2010 found that:

    The $150 billion that taxpayers have “invested” in Head Start since 1965 is yielding zero lasting benefits for participating children. According to the Head Start Impact Study: “the benefits of access to Head Start at age four are largely absent by 1st grade for the program population as a whole.’ and that ‘Head Start has little to no effect on cognitive, socio-emotional, health, and parenting outcomes of children participating in the program.’

    http://blog.heritage.org/2010/01/15/head-start-a-150-billion-failure/

    My money is on the billions disappeared into democrat war chests and union coffers.

    Bon

    • JohnEngelman

      The only social program that has worked since 1980 has been the increase in the prison population. Since 1980 the prison population has tripled. The crime rate has declined by one third.

      http://www.jacksonprogressive.com/issues/lawenforcement/punishment.pdf

      http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/uscrime.htm

      No one but a huckster for Charles Atlas pretends that it is possible to take a sickly, fifteen year old “ninety-seven pound weakling” and turn him to an award winning athlete.

      Nevertheless, liberals continue to pretend that that we can take the illegitimate child of an unmarried welfare mother and a violent street criminal and turn that child into an honor student headed for a lucrative profession.

      Because all of the relevant evidence indicates that this is not possible, those who point to the evidence do at the risk of their careers.

  • Joseph

    Even if they are ultimately concede that it is a failure they will not concede that it is because the target group is uneducable. It MUST be something else.

  • I am a retired Federal worker who worked with the Head Start program for over twenty years. In the early days, Head Start provided children from low-income families with experiences (such as brushing their teeth, learning their colors, basic social skills, etc.) which they would not have had at home. Nowadays, it is more of a Federal social engineering program, which these children, and their parents, could just as well do without.

  • George

    The original goal of Head Start was laudable: provide the means for children from poor backgrounds some of the basics. This would help these children achieve more academically. We would then need to spend less on social programming and incarceration as fewer poor kids would drop out of school.

    As we have seen (and as race realists could have told anyone who cared to ask) there is a limit to academic ability for blacks and hispanics. The charts on p.279 of The Bell Curve provide all the details one needs, but the Minnesota experiments are also worth examining.

    The goal was good. The experiment was an abject failure.

    Since the experiment has failed, it should be stopped. Not replaced by ‘Race to the Top’ (read in to *that* name what you will). When a line of scientific inquiry consistently fails to produce positive results, no amount of tinkering will change the outcome. In other words, stop flagellating the deceased equine.

  • MartelC

    Just needs more time and money….and only racist republicans would want to stop it.

    Yes what i just said silly, illogical, corrupt … but its been working for close to half a century.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    My daughter turns six this spring, and can read at a high school level and write better than normal for her age in both English and Japanese. Sayaka took her out to fly the RC pterodacyl this afternoon – the first nice day we’ve had in about ten – while I got the other car running. They had a good day, and I got the 331 ci.d. V-6 and the adapted tranny into the Dark Child Saturn, so the old 1995 Saturn “Green Machine” now runs like a raped ape again. It’ll be the only 1995 Saturn convertible sedan in the world. It runs again, but hadn’t since 2008.

    I had dinner going while they played, but the Green Machine got rubber in all five gears.

    Ariadne will never be sent to a public school, but the Dumb-O-Crats always double-down on their proven failures.

  • me

    There’s a wise old saying that goes–“Don’t waste your time trying to teach a pig to sing; it will do nothing but frustrate you and annoy the pig.”
    Or–“Cast not thy pearls before swine….”

  • aj

    Why do people try to still pretend head start is a education program? It is a jobs program to give ghetto black women pretend work for hefty salaries raising unwanted kids that their single moms don’t care about.

    • George

      Head Start employs 212,000 affirmative action hires nationwide.

      How can we tell they’re AA? Well, the average Head Start teacher is paid $29,000 per annum, whereas the average real teacher is paid $43,000.

      So, are the Head Start employees underpaid? Or are they being paid what they are worth?

      In that they have no appreciable results to which they can point and say ‘I did that’, it’s the latter. And very, very few self-respecting, otherwise capable people will put themselves in that position. Who is left? Juanita and LaShaunda. They’re the ones benefitting from Head Start.

  • shattered

    Once a gobblement bureacracy is implemented, it takes on a life of it’s own. Democrats don’t care if it is a complete failure. They are making money off of it and that’s the point.

  • shattered

    Another $180 billion + $100 million down a rat hole.

  • Ted P

    Arthur Jensen reportedly supported Head Start–at least for a time after his 1969 bombshell
    HER article re compensatory education. It does not axiomatically follow that a program should
    be disbanded, or even appreciably altered, simply because it does not accomplish what Congress aimed for it to. A program may serendipitously justify itself for results not
    foreseen while failing to attain those it was designed for. Head Start has provided tens of
    thousands of low income children an enviornment at least for several hours a day within which
    they are safe, well nourished ( relative to their home circumstances) etc. Part of American
    idealism is based on giving everyone an opportunity–quite apart from the fact that perhaps, say, 85% of them “strike out”.

    • George

      You’re quite right. America is a land of opportunity.

      This study, however, by the HHS itself, indicates quite clearly that Head Start does not do anything effective in giving that opportunity to poor (mainly minority) children. The $7,222 spent per participating child every year results in ZERO improved outcomes, and some NEGATIVE outcomes.

      Surely, there are better things that could be done with that money. Things that *would* improve outcomes. Perhaps making AFDC, Sec 8 Housing, Medicare, etc, dependent on the recipient finding and keeping a job? Spend the 7 grand subsidising daycare so babymamma can be forced to work? (‘Oh, you can’t find a job at all? Fine. Bring 1,000 cigarette butts to this office every day by 5:30pm until you DO find paid employment’).

      In most cases, I would agree with your statement about the ones that don’t ‘strike out’. The reality is, though, that the majority of blacks and hispanics have proven themselves completely incapable of functioning in a modern society, particularly one that provides a bevy of social programmes that will take care of them when they fail.

      With what is spent on Head Start, free lunches, food stamps, Sec 8, etc, if we *must* be taxed to pay for the underclass, why not end all those special programmes, and build orphanages? Let the welfare-orphans be educated and socialised in an environment that preaches conservative, traditional white values — inability to provide lawfully for yourself and your family means you are a failure. YOU are the only one responsible for your own success or failure. The greatest shame one can face is being convicted of a felony or applying for welfare. Your mother was a failure. She couldn’t care for you. Don’t be like her.

  • Trollsy

    I know someone who works as an aide at one of these Head start centers and the BRA affiliated supervisors actually took home some of the new furnishings meant for the preschool to replace those damaged by the hurricane. I was income eligible, but never sent my kids because I did not want them picking up bad habits. Now they are taking infants as young as 6 months. Why even have kids if you are farming them out to socialist programs?

    • Why even have kids if you are farming them out to socialist programs?

      You partially answered your own questions. For the “it’s free swipe yo EBT” cards.

  • bubo

    We could have had colonies on Mars……………