Education Secretary Arne Duncan: Pre-School Is Better than Grandma

Penny Starr, CNS News, June 13, 2013

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday that “cultural hesitation” makes it more difficult for some Hispanic parents to want to enroll their children in public pre-school programs because of their preference for family and friends.

Duncan’s remarks came when asked about pre-school and the Hispanic community at an event to mark the anniversary of Educare of Washington, D.C., a preschool for children from six weeks to five years old.

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Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius attended the event to urge support for President Barack Obama’s 2014 budget request to double the number of four-year-olds in pre-school nationwide from 1.1 million to 2.2 million over the next decade, the Washington Post reported.

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“Two different challenges that I think we have to face,” Duncan said. “One that [HHS Secretary] Kathy [Sebelius] talked about is sometimes you have a cultural piece where people are scared to put their kids in more formal care and they prefer, you know, to do the grandmother, the neighbor, whatever.

“And so how we communicate very directly with families and churches and non-profits to make sure if we build it they will come, there’s some work we need to do there,” Duncan said.

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“Making sure that families are culturally comfortable with the kind of environments that they’re going to hit at a school level and that they feel welcome, know how to participate and know how to support their kids,” Sebelius said.

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  • Greg Thomas

    We didn’t have this “cultural piece” when we were a majority White nation. Therefore,
    they are scared to put their kids in pre-school, but are perfectly fine with
    leaving their spawn with the illiterate grandmother or neighbor. I think I
    understand why these people never leave the barrio.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Problems are, pre-school has zero effect on a child’s future grades and we have to pay for it through our taxes.

      At least when they leave their kids with Grandma (Abuela) the taxpayers catch a break.

      • Greg Thomas

        Unfortunately, that “break” is always short lived with barrio dwellers

      • Funruffian

        Pre-school is nothing more than free daycare. That is why so many poor minorities take advantage of it. These places have been warehousing minority kids for years and now the Obongo administration wants to flush more money down this toilet.

    • Morris LeChat

      Dude, I would rather leave my child with a family member than with the socialist brainwashers at the schools. Are you serious? Anything is better than the schools. This is how they can manage to have so many more children.

  • Related:

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/sebelius-kids-so-far-behind-3rd-grade-may-well-drop-out

    Ironically, the very cabinet department Sebelius heads a few years ago declared Head Start a massive 45-year 150 gigabuck massive epic fail.

  • …. Educare of Washington, D.C., a preschool for children from six weeks to five years old.
    .
    Let’s be honest. This a daycare dumpoff center.
    .
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday that “cultural hesitation” makes it more difficult for some Hispanic parents ….

    .
    More likely they are embarrassed that their children can’t speak English.

    • Morris LeChat

      More likely they see the “professional” child care and early childhood educators as the insane and dangerous bunch that they are.

      • gemjunior

        You hit the nail on the head. I was listening to this man’s lectures on youtube – his name is Brian Gerrish and he’s ex military British patriot who knows his stuff. He’s discovered a group called Common Purpose which seems to be really dangerous over in Britain. He knows a lot and discusses it very knowledgably regarding early childhood indoctrination in Britain, taking the children away for scurrilous reasons, and pedophilia in the highest political circles and in Parliament. He has evidence and he speaks convincingly of all the disgusting shenanigans going on and how these evil people protect each other. Very interesting stuff, and an interesting speaker.

        • Romulus

          Ive heard of that guy too. He had some very eye opening things to say.

  • Puggg

    “Pre-school is better than grandma…Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday that “cultural
    hesitation” makes it more difficult for some Hispanic parents to want to
    enroll their children in public pre-school programs because of their
    preference for family and friends.”

    That’s right. If you have responsibility over the welfare of a four-year old Hispanic child, send him or her to pre-school, because it’s better than the kid’s 32-year old grandmother.

    • Just being a smartie here:

      32-year old grandmothers are hot, and you know you’ve got a shot with the daughter too.

  • pcmustgo

    Abuela

  • MekongDelta69

    In case you don’t know Arne Duncan, he’s so far left, he makes NoBama seem normal.

    Wait… I was embellishing a little.
    Not about Duncan. About NoBama – NOTHING would make him seem normal.

  • I guess that this depends on who grandma is.

    • IstvanIN

      Anything is better than a black grandmother. We know that just from the way their kids turned out.

      • Morris LeChat

        if it is a black grandchild then do we really care?

    • Greg Thomas

      Let me introduce you to Juanita, the 30 year old grandmother…..

  • MBlanc46

    A preschool for six-week old babies? Jeez, they’re anxious to get Carmelita back to work, aren’t they?

    • The__Bobster

      Why do squatlets need pre-school when mamacita is still in the home breeding?

  • The__Bobster

    Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius attended the event to urge support for President Barack Obama’s 2014 budget request to double the number of four-year-olds in pre-school nationwide from 1.1 million to 2.2 million over the next decade, the Washington Post reported.
    __________

    I know whose tax dollars are going to pay for this expansion, but hey, it’ll create more union jobs.

    • Morris LeChat

      Did Your grand parents and great grand parents have “pre-school”? No, they had a stay at home mom and started school in the first grade. Preschool is a croc.

    • Xerxes22

      It’s to create more Black and Hispanic jobs as teacher’s aides and those aren’t
      union jobs.

  • joemcgee

    The educrats want to get their grubby paws on all children as young as they can so they can begin their indoctrination.

  • puffdaddy

    this is another “hispanics and education” story that AMREM didn’t cover, but it’s interesting nonetheless…http://freefabulousgirl.com/2013/06/13/ny-times-says-anglo-saxons-must-adapt-to-newcomers-culture-not-the-other-way-around/

  • AllSeeingEyeSpy

    “Hispanics aren’t “culturally comfortable” sending children to pre-school”

    If blacks believed this, pre-school would be ended tomorrow. Blacks believe a lot of really stupid things?

  • Kalel Jorelson

    I don’t think White people should be “comfortable” sending their children to any government operated, funded, or supervised school. I say “down with public education”—it was the first and possibly most devastating kind of welfare—and a total precursor to Obama care as an involuntary tax to support welfare for others, whether you need it or want it yourself. I see nothing but indoctrination for a life in prison in most of the modern school systems for anyone, black or white. (My apologies to the fine public school teachers I know here on AmRen—I know you’re doing your best and I know you wouldn’t have created the system to be this way if you had the power to have made it otherwise). But right now, public schools and public prisons look and operate much too much the same for my psychological comfort and that of most children. “Raise your children well”—Raise them at home. Read the Bible and Shakespeare and everything else you can. Read together as family, listen to and play and sign music together. Pray together and Stay together. Never seek government or police help for ANYTHING in your private life.

  • JackKrak

    “….a preschool for children from six weeks to five years old.”
    Preschool? Six weeks old?
    No, I think the word the writer is looking for is “babysitting”.

    • Or “wet nurse” perhaps?

  • WR_the_realist

    I never went to nursery school or kindergarten. That didn’t stop me from eventually getting an advanced degree in a technical field. Parents should teach their kids to read before they get to first grade, but other than that, let your pre-school kids go out and play.

    Needless to say, unless his parents are dead, in prison, or hopelessly incompetent, no child should be in institutional care at the age of six weeks.

    • Funruffian

      I went to Nursery School and Kindergarten and I didn’t learn to read till I was in 1st grade. The public school I went to didn’t have good teachers that put an emphasis on reading. But by the time I reached 3rd grade I was reading at an advanced level for my age. My parents were lazy when it came to educating me and whatever they focused on was futile and ineffective.
      Structured education for toddlers is a mystery to me, because I couldn’t validate this article any better than a non-teacher. I believe teaching is a gift and some are better t it than others. Certainly, formalized training for teachers does have its merits, but being a teacher requires caring, patience and proper guidance.