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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Wait, Judy Genshaft Wasn't the Only USF President?

A glance at the five preceding presidents to grace the University of South Florida prior to Judy Genshaft.


With the buzzing news of Judy Genshaft's upcoming retirement, I decided to read more on her career and her success. She has done so much to propel the University of South Florida forward, achieving all of her set goals in the process. But in one of the many articles I saw reporting on Genshaft's retirement, there was a statement made by Betty Castor in reaction to the news. Who's Betty Castor you may ask? Well Betty Castor is USF's fifth and most recent president preceding Judy Genshaft. Meaning yes, Judy Genshaft is USF's sixth president.

Here's an introduction to ALL six USF Presidents:

1. John S. Allen, 1957-1970

Previously an astronomer, professor, and the Executive Vice President at the University of Florida, John S. Allen was appointed as the first president in USF history July 27, 1957. When John S. Allen arrived in Tampa, he had to literally craft the University of South Florida from the ground up. His opposition to major college sports fueled his desire to make USF the best academically. During his tenure, USF was considered to be the "Harvard of the South." Pretty cool to consider. After his retirement, our accomplished founder was honored with the "John and Grace Allen Center", named after himself and his wife.

John S. Mackey

2. Cecil Mackey, 1971-1976

Once the director of the Office of Policy Development for the Federal Aviation Agency, and the assistant Secretary for policy Development for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Maurice Cecil Mackey, Jr. joined USF's administration February of 1971. During his presidency, Mackey opened USF Sarasota and dispersed the College of Liberal Arts into four new colleges. After leaving the University of South Florida, he went on to be the President of Michigan State University, and Texas Tech University.

M. Cecil Mackey

3. John Lott Brown, 1978-1988

After a period with two interim presidents in place at the University of South Florida, John Lott Brown was finally inaugurated April 15, 1978. Brown also had a history in aviation, and he had conducted research related to early space flight. He utilized his time as president to establish the Moffit Cancer Center, USF Psychiatry Center, and the USF College of public health.

John Lott Brown

4. Francis Borkowski, 1988-1993.

During his career, Francis Borkowski was an administer at five different Universities. But on February 5th, 1988, he took over as president for the University of South Florida. With his short tenure at USF, Borkowski hoped to raise the University's status in both academics and athletics. In 1991, one of his goals was achieved with the foundation of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Francis T. Borkowski

5. Betty Castor, 1994-1999

Betty Castor's time at USF was historical because she was the first female president the school had ever seen. When she became a part of the administration team USF already had four campuses, a medical school, and over 40,000 students. She walked into a well established institution and still managed to fulfill an advantageous agenda. Castor expanded the Honors Program, earned recognition for the University's Research achievements, and took USF abroad to countries such as China and Africa. Betty Castor Hall was famously named after her, and her legacy continues to show relevance at the University.

Betty Castor

6. Judy Genshaft, 2000-2019 (Pending)

Judy Genshaft has the longest tenure in the University's history, and she was recently ranked as the 11th highest paid university president in the United States. We know and love her for her many accomplishments, as of recent USF's emergence as a preeminent university, but she has also been involved in a few controversies. Even so, she has tremendously transformed the University of South Florida and will be retiring at the peak of her administrative career.

Judy Genshaft

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