Listening to my NPR podcasts while driving my 7-month-old son to a check-up, I stumbled across the latest in a series of ideas that uses competition as a model to save our education system. Most prominently, this competition model shows up as the Race to the Top program and, in some ways, as charter school systems. The latest manifestation of this is the newest idea coming from Washington about how to regulate, strengthen, and fund Head Start programs.
If early childhood education is important to you (and it should be as so much of a child’s base is formed even before the age of 3), please read about Obama’s new plan for Head Start Programs. Here’s on article on why some think this plan isn’t enough.
The question is, do you think that competition for funding is what Head Start (and schools in general) need in order to improve?