A new report from the Goldwater Institute examines the evidence on universal preschool. A lot of interesting stuff and good points. I think one of the most important takeaways comes from international comparisons. While U.S. children are “A” students in fourth grade, they are “D” students by 12th grade. “The good news is America’s early education system is among the best in the world. The bad news is the secondary system is among the worst. The performance problem in our schools doesn’t come in with the kids in kindergarten, it’s what happens to them when the public school monopoly has control of them for 12 years with no accountability for results.
Adrian Moore, Ph.D., is vice president of policy at Reason Foundation, a non-profit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. Moore leads Reason's policy implementation efforts and conducts his own research on topics such as privatization, government and regulatory reform, air quality, transportation and urban growth, prisons and utilities.