October 21, 1992

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Oregon voters next month will pass judgment on a controversial ballot measure that would require public schools and other governmental entities to actively discourage homosexuality.
Where is the American "can do'' spirit when it comes to education? We defeated both Hitler and Japanese imperialism in four years and then sent a man to the moon and back in eight. Our feeble educational-reform effort is ridiculous.
One of Head Start's founders, Edward Zigler, has co-authored a book on the program's history and future course that will be published early next month. In it, he calls Head Start "the most important social and educational experiment of the second half of the 20th century''
In 1969, a review of Head Start achievement pronounced the program a failure. In 1992, after two controlled studies of preschool education, the President and his Democratic challenger both propose greatly boosting the funding for this preschool program, and three states, New York, Maryland, and Arizona, have just lowered their beginning compulsory-school ages. Is Head Start a great failure or a great success?
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