Perhaps you've seen that ad that shows a kid growing up, making all the right life choices.
Drugs? No thanks. Drop out of school? No way!
Then, at the end, we learn that this well-adjusted member of society has preschool to thank for his well-adjustedness.
The real story might be quite different:
- ...early education does increase reading and mathematics skills at school entry, but it also boosts children's classroom behavioral problems and reduces their self-control. Further, for most children the positive effects of pre-kindergarten on skills largely dissipate by the spring of first grade, although the negative behavioral effects continue.
That's from a new NBER study.
(Via Tyler Cowen).