Getting to the Source

March 02, 2007 1 min read

More on the subject of kids who don’t get support from the adults at home: NYC Educator is surprised to find himself in agreement with conservative commentator David Brooks, who argues that a really good presidential candidate would take the approach that schools don’t just need more money—they need programs to make sure kids are prepared to learn before they get to school. NYC Educator’s thoughts:

The bold candidate will admit that kids who don't learn social skills at home don't carry them to school. Kids with caring parents become better students.

David Brooks suggests a program where trained nurses or older women pay scheduled visits to young mothers at home to teach them how to care for their kids and optimize their early childhood development. NYC Educator likes the idea:

It makes perfect sense to me. What do you think? Will we leave fewer kids behind if we help their moms early on?

A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.