Judy Aron over at Consent of the Governed (Feb. 22, 2007) has a good post up that explains why more institutional education at earlier ages is not the benefit for children that many assume it to be. She asserts
Studies are being skewed like mad to push this pre-k agenda, because there is HUGE money to be made. Quite frankly many are coming to the conclusion that it causes more harm than good for kids to be wrested from their homes earlier, or that it is causing young ones too much stress and makes them more aggressive, or that any gains made early on just dissipate later (the “fadeout effect”).
Judy answers “no” to the question that serves as the title to her blog post, Does Pre-Kindergarten Improve School Performance? Homeschoolers need to be aware of lowering school entrance ages because it affects when they begin to be seen as “outside the norm”. Additionally, this could increase proposals for changing regulations that govern homeschoolers state-by-state, requiring reporting or testing of our children at younger ages. And as taxpayers, why go along with programs that cost so much and do not have ultimate benefits for children? The evidence Judy links to even says there may be longer term disadvantages in terms of negative effects on children’s behavior.