An Argument for Federally Funded Universal Preschool
Hambleton, Margaret M. (Maggie)
Washington and Lee University -- Capstone in Shepherd Poverty Program
Achievement gap, research, practice, and policy
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Margaret M. (Maggie) Hambleton is a member of the Class of 2016 of Washington and Lee University.Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]Public education is the strongest way to address our country’s poverty as an institution grounded in both political and moral reasoning. However, our current school system is flawed with inequality. I find that inequalities in education begin even before children enter kindergarten and the school system is never able to overcome this initial negative impact. I propose Universal Preschool to combat these early inequalities. A universal program would provide social, health, and educational benefits to the participant as well as providing benefits to their families and society at large. I address the major critiques of this proposal and show that while their arguments have validity, the potential costs of Universal Preschool are considerably smaller than the potential benefits.