At a July 18 early childhood education luncheon, The Center of the American Experiment will challenge this assumption in a big way, with questions like:
- Isn't it true that advocates rely excessively on a few small and idiosyncratic studies when arguing the merits of early childhood education?
- Given the enormous increase in the proportion of boys and girls in early childhood programs over the last four decades, why haven't they performed better in K-12?
- What makes anyone think such programs can significantly reduce achievement gaps between white and minority kids when they haven't so far?
- What makes anyone think exceptional programs can be replicated on a mass scale?
- In sum, aren't the benefits of early childhood education programs routinely overstated?