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ERIC Number: ED544652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
A Next Social Contract for the Primary Years of Education
Guernsey, Lisa; Mead, Sara
New America Foundation
This author contends that, as a nation, we are doing a very good job of squandering human potential and making life harder for all Americans as a result, and that this has to stop. If our government, at the local, state, and federal level, does not start investing in education systems that reach children before kindergarten, and if it does not get serious about providing children with high-quality instruction throughout the earliest years of their schooling, it is wasting taxpayer dollars, ignoring decades of research, and disregarding the extraordinary potential of millions of children who otherwise have very little chance of succeeding in school. This paper lays out the case for a fundamental rethinking of public policy related to children's primary years in education, starting at age three and reaching up through the third grade. (Contains 33 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Foundation for Child Development; W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation; Strategic Knowledge Fund; W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Authoring Institution: New America Foundation