Long time Gentle Readers will recall that Mrs TWC played an instrumental role in beating down Rob Reiner's tobacco tax funded attempt to steam roll California into universal tax paid pre-school.
Now it is President Obama's turn to handle the steam roller and he's proposing a ten billion dollar a year plan to fund national universal pre-school because it sounds good.
Politics is a spin dryer of crap and the universal pre-k crowd is adept at distortion, so it's always fun when somebody calls BS on them. Especially when it's a Nobel Laureate doing the calling.
Advocates and supporters of universal preschool often use existing research for purely political purposes, says James Heckman, a University of Chicago Noble laureate in economics whose work Mr. Obama and preschool activists routinely cite. But the solid evidence for the effectiveness of early interventions is limited to those conducted on disadvantaged populations.
In today's (Friday) Wall Street Journal, Mrs TWC and Shikah Dalmia leave the Taxpaid Universal Pre School House of Cards in smoking ruins. Is that a ghastly metaphor? Or what?
Whole thing here. Also available in August 22, 2008 print edition.
James Heckman autobiography here.
Image courtesy of Jason Seiler.