Keep the kids at home


Published: Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 10:14 p.m.
I applaud anyone and any group that wants to improve the care and education of our children. However, I take exception with Jim Stringfellow's plan (Speaking out, Jan. 2).
I am concerned that he does not have any plans for these pre-schoolers to receive the care and education in the home by parents, grandparents, and/or older siblings. I am concerned that those in power want to remove children from their homes at an even younger and younger age, as well as government taking on the role of primary caregiver and instructor.
Several articles have been published on this and can be located on the internet at www.unitedwayncfl.org/SB6/Gainesville-Sun-SB6-articles.pdf. There one will find some discussion about working within the home to improve the care and education of pre-schoolers.
Stringfellow talks about the effects of high-quality early care outside of the home. This is inherently wrong. This care needs to be provided in the home!
I ask those in power, control, policy-making, etc. to figure ways to get these pre-schoolers (i. e., pre-first grade) cared for and educated in their homes, by their family members, and not by the government.
If policies don't change, the government will want to be taking babies from hospital nurseries because it feels it can do a better job than parents.
Tom Burnett, Live Oak

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