Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 | 2 a.m.
Gail Collins writes of “The state of the 4-year-olds” and the promise of the president to rectify the federal government’s failure to provide access to early education.
This is certainly welcome news for parents who work out of the home to make ends meet. Each year we try to raise our standard of living with bigger houses, nicer cars, more eating out in restaurants and better electronic gadgetry. We naturally all have to work more, and it’s no wonder many working parents will cheer along with Collins at the federal government’s largesse.
But here’s my thought: Why wait until the child is 4 years old? Let’s let the government raise them entirely and save that valuable child-rearing time for worthwhile things — such as working to get more stuff. Wouldn’t a child raised by a dedicated professional government worker do better in life than if raised by untrained parents?
Instead of the government subsidizing child rearing, let’s just cut out the middle man, as it were, and let the pros take care of it all.