Should All Children Be Able to Attend Preschool?

Should All Children Be Able to Attend Preschool?

An analysis of early education, its drawbacks, and its benefits.
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. -- Malcolm X

With nearly 6.5% of students failing to graduate high school and the United States lagging behind many other first-world countries in terms of academic achievement , It's no secret that education has been on the minds of most Americans as of late. Concerns over funding for higher education are extremely prevalent as tuition rates continue to skyrocket, leaving potential students wondering if the benefits of college could possibly outweigh the financial drawbacks.

However, there's another component of education that we persistently fail to take into consideration, despite it having a profound effect on a child's development: preschool.

Though it is commonly viewed as glorified daycare, preschool undoubtedly promotes cognitive and social development , which will become essential later on in a child's life; this is especially true of children whose parents are unable to take full charge of their child's early education due to work or other barriers. Along with teaching children fundamental skills such as cooperation and commitment to a daily schedule, the building blocks of grade school education are taught, such as basic counting and arithmetic, as well as the foundations of language and grammar. While these skills will be taught in a formal Kindergarten environment, teaching them at an earlier point allows them to be expanded upon in a quicker, more thorough fashion. Learning issues may be assessed earlier in the child's life, allowing for a more personalized education later on.

Children who attend preschool are statistically more successful educationally

The benefits of preschool are undeniable, but still many parents are made uneasy by the idea of sending their young children to school so soon. Some studies have shown that, while preschoolers have a significant advantage in Kindergarten, test scores and attitudes about school tend to drop soon after. This, however, may not be a fault of preschool necessarily, but rather, is likely a fault of the public school system as a whole, which puts unmanageable levels of stress on children. Also possible is the fact that there are multiple approaches to preschool, all with varying effects on children.

So, what approach is best? In reality, there is no one right answer. Rather, one should carefully choose a preschool that will most benefit their child. For example, a play-only preschool may be beneficial for a child who struggles with social and motor development, while an educational preschool may benefit a child who is mentally ready for kindergarten, but too young age-wise.

In the end, preschool is likely a good option for most children, and a more specialized alternative to babysitting and daycare. Though many of the skills taught in preschool can be replicated at home, some of the greatest benefits come from the need to adapt to new environments and to socialize with new individuals.

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Finals week is finally upon us. The time every college student has dreaded all semester and there is no avoiding it. Let the stress, tears, and sleepless nights commence. Here's Finals Week as Told by Schmidt.

1. When you walk into the library and see that there are no more spots available because every freshman decided to start using the library now.

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2. You run into someone from your class and they ask you how prepared you are for the final.

3. Your first meltdown begins...

4. And then you get a call from your parents asking you why you've been so on edge lately

5. When you're three coffees deep at 2AM and believe everything will be okay even though you still haven't studied.

6. The day has arrived and it's time to take your first final so you give yourself a quick pep talk.

7. When you are the first one to finish the final early because you didn't study.

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8. Trying to pack while studying.

9. And then you start wishing you didn't wait until the last minute to pack because now there is no way your stuff will fit into your car.

10. When you get your first grade back.

11. And you have to tell your parents how you did in the class.

12. When all of your roommates are done with their finals and you still have one left.

13. But then your time has finally come and you have finished your last final as well.

14. And you realize you have survived yet another hell week.

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10 Lab Struggles All Students Can Relate To

From the hours spent on pre-lab, in the lab, and post-lab, lab takes up so much time and energy.

For all pre-med students (and anyone who takes a physical science class), you become immediately familiar with labs. But the labs in college are nothing like the trivial, simple, low-stakes labs that you completed in elementary, middle, and high school. Nothing compares to the brutal, rigorous, complex labs that you will endure during your years of college (except maybe brain surgery itself).

1. I don't want to go.

We all think it. We all say it. It's an every week sentiment, not just a once in a while feeling that you get with your other lectures. Walking to lab is like walking to your prison sentence.

2. Four hours is a crazy long time.

Some surgeries are shorter. Let's be honest-why are these labs so long? No eating, drinking, going to the bathroom, or that even legal?

3. I am going to be efficient and productive.

My lab partner and I will read over the procedure several times, divide up the work, and be out of here in no time. Ideally, I want to be out of here in three hours max. Okay, more realistically it will be in 4 hours from the start time.

4. Why can't we sit?

But really, I still don't understand how we can be expected to stand and think for so long. The length of the lab itself is brutal enough to endure, but the fact that you don't get to sit means for sure that the post-lab grade is going to suffer.

5. I should drop the class.

I have to do this next week? And the week after? I don't think I'll ever take a class with a lab component ever again. r?

6. Does anyone else look like they know what they are doing?

The lab partners across from us look confused too, right? Or are we the only ones still on Part 1 of the experiment?

7. I don't care how I do. I want to get out of here as quickly as possible.

Whatever grade we get at this point, it doesn't really matter. I just need to get out of here. Plus, they drop the lowest grade, don't they?

8. Does my lab partner understand what we're doing...because I don't.

We haven't started the post lab, or done the calculations. Which part do I get, and which part can my lab partner figure out? The clock is ticking and my feet hurt.

9. Are all of the other groups leaving? Where did everyone go?

Oh shoot. Why did it get so quiet? Are they leaving too? Man, I've got to get out of here. My goggles are fogging up and giving me a headache.

10. Wow, these goggle marks are hideous.

These are going to last for at least another 3 hours. Well, at least I get to leave...and do this again next week.

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