published Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Government admits Head Start fails

You've been lied to. Sold a bill of goods. Had the wool pulled over your eyes.

The government is the culprit. And a lot of people in the media were in on the racket, as well.

Now, finally, the truth is out for everyone to see. There's no way to deny the fact: Head Start, the government's preschool program for poor children, does not work.

Says who? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, that's who.

HHS recently released likely the most in-depth, scientifically sound study of Head Start in the program's history — a study that the Brookings Institution called "one of the most ambitious, methodologically rigorous, and expensive federal program evaluations carried out in the last quarter century."

The study found that "by the end of 3rd grade there were very few impacts [as a result of the Head Start program]." Out of the 142 outcomes measured in four categories — cognitive, social-emotional, health and parenting practices — Head Start produced no measurable patterns of beneficial outcomes for its students. Zero.

Upon reviewing the findings of the study, even the liberals at Brookings admitted, "There is no measurable advantage to children in elementary school of having participated in Head Start.

Further, children attending Head Start remain far behind academically once they are in elementary school. Head Start does not improve the school readiness of children from low-income families."

The study, which was intentionally released the Friday before Christmas to ensure that a minimal number of news outlets would report on the government's embarrassing findings about Head Start, is the latest (but certainly the most conclusive) in a long line of research indicating the program's lack of success. As far back as 1969, only four years after the launch of Head Start, government and academic studies have doubted the long-term value of the taxpayer-funded program.

Despite evidence that indicated the program had little or no lasting educational, emotional or socioeconomic benefits for children, the program has continually received tax dollars — $180 billion since its creation, according to Heritage Foundation wonk Michael G. Franc.

This year Head Start is scheduled to receive another $8 billion of taxpayers' money — more than $8,000 per child.

The federal government has admitted that Head Start doesn't work. America's most prestigious liberal think tank agrees that Head Start is a waste of money.

It is apparent that anyone who still believes that Head Start helps the children it serves in the long run or is a good investment of tax dollars is simply unwilling to accept the facts.

As painful as it may be to pull the plug on a program that is "for the kids," Congress should accept the truth that Head Start doesn't work and stop funding the failing program.

The sooner lawmakers quit wasting money on a program that doesn't help America's most at-risk children, the sooner they can begin considering alternatives that actually succeed.

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aae1049 said...

but but but... they are the gov and hire people to produce reports that have a preconceived outcome. oh no they would not lie.

January 20, 2013 at 3:59 p.m.
Easy123 said...

This is the study. The Free Press has cherry-picked quotes and misrepresented the findings of the study. Read the executive summary and decide for yourself before believing this WingNut propaganda.

January 20, 2013 at 4:34 p.m.
raygunz said...

thanks Easy! Sounded like RW cherry picking to me,now I know it is. Both my kids attended Head Start and the benefits were pretty obvious to me and "mom".

January 20, 2013 at 8:11 p.m.
Gidget said...

Easy and Raygunz - I just read this entire study and it clearly states what the editorial says - Head Start's benefits are completely erased by the 3rd grade. From "Key Findings" in the Executive Summary link you (Easy) provided:

"In summary, there were initial positive impacts from having access to Head Start, but by the end of 3rd grade there were very few impacts found for either cohort in any of the four domains of cognitive, social-emotional, health and parenting practices. The few impacts that were found did not show a clear pattern of favorable or unfavorable impacts for children."

The program clearly doesn't help its students at all in the long run, according to the study. Why would you get on here and lie about what the study says and then give the link to the study that proves you are lying? How embarrassing.

January 21, 2013 at 10:10 a.m.
conservative said...

Because they actually believe people look to them for guidance.

January 21, 2013 at 11:35 a.m.
Easy123 said...


I didn't lie, There were positive impacts. You even quoted where it says so. The article makes it seem like the program is a total failure. It isn't and you have even provided quotes that say the program does have positive initial impacts and a few positive impacts after 3rd grade. The fact that you don't see that should be very embarrassing to you. You even provided quotes that prove this article misrepresents the findings. How does it feel to be oblivious?

Maybe you should actually read what I say and the quotes you provide before you make yourself look like a fool again.

January 21, 2013 at 2:27 p.m.
Easy123 said...


No, that's your delusion.

January 21, 2013 at 2:28 p.m.
Lr103 said...

Gidget said... Easy and Raygunz - I just read this entire study and it clearly states what the editorial says - Head Start's benefits are completely erased by the 3rd grade. From "Key Findings" in the Executive Summary link you (Easy) provided

Gidget, if Headstart gains are lost by the 3RD grade that doesn't suggest that Headstart is the failure, but public school is the culprit. Something that shouldn't be is taking place between kindergarten and 3RD grade.

January 21, 2013 at 7:44 p.m.
timbo said...

Drew, Don't confuse slEasy And LR103 with facts. Mental illness is a liberal epidemic. Maybe we need to have a telethon or something to find a cure. They still believe that Bill Clinton didn't have sex with that woman. They still believe that Jack Kennedy was monogamous. They believed that Barack Obama is smart. They think Johnson's "war on poverty" was a success.

They remind me of adults who insist there still is a Santa Claus. I think their Santa Claus is the government. I think their mass delusions are kind of cute. Sad, but cute.

By the way these results were available several years ago before we wasted billions more dollars. Hey liberals, it's only somebody else's money, right?

slEasy321 Needs to be studied by somebody. Her lack of cognoscent reasoning is Breathtaking.

January 21, 2013 at 9:11 p.m.
Easy123 said...


It's "cognizant", moron. Do you really expect people to take you seriously? LMFAO!

January 21, 2013 at 10:30 p.m.
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