August 10, 2017

Full-day kindergarten: Educational — or taxpayer-funded babysitting?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

(Jerry Agar sits in for Ezra Levant tonight...) Ontario has offered full-day kindergarten for four- and five-year-olds since 2010.

A new study reported inn the Globeclaims it is having, “long-term benefits — at least till the end of Grade 2.”

But what if we had more than one study?

As it turns out, we do.

Because the U.S. has had a similar program since 1965, called Head Start. Its annual budget is nearly $10 billion. And that doesn’t count the tens of billions spent on it for over 50 years.

As you can imagine, Head Start has been studied. And studied.

Each study says the same thing: A child who stays home until regular kindergarten or even Grade One, will do just as well, long term.

So what’s the point? Well, as various provincial governments admit, full-day kindergarten isn’t an educational program at all.

It’s daycare — with a political agenda:

To buy the votes of self-interested people who have children but would prefer not to pay what it costs to raise them.

PLUS: I look at Al Gore's new movie and explain why he and his colleagues have made rational discussions about climate change almost impossible.

NEXT: The Sun’s Anthony Furey joins me to talk about his provocative new column that calls Canada “one giant sanctuary city.”

THEN: Columnist Lorne Gunter comes on to point out that Alberta’s NDP are making the fatal mistake of imitating former Ontario premier Bob Rae’s example.

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commented 2017-08-17 08:48:23 -0400
I pulled my kids out of the system as they were going downhill fast. Their self-esteem was bottoming out and they were losing educational time because too much time was being wasted in these indoctrination centers. I also observed that many kids do not even graduate grade eight knowing how to do cursive writing or have their basic math skills. No way will Wynne get her hands on my homeschooled kids as they are teenagers now. I pity my grandchildren though and I fear for their future in this dictatorship.
commented 2017-08-12 09:31:35 -0400
The sooner Ms Wynne gets her hands on our little ones, the sooner she and the Marxist/postmodernists in the Ministry of Education and OISE, will be able to indoctrinate them.
commented 2017-08-11 10:40:55 -0400
Actual useful ways for communities to deal with climate variations is perfectly valid. Doing it based on the premise that it is man made is not helpful. It does not account for enough of it to make any difference. It is used as an excuse, as a vehicle to rob us, keep us in line, and fill the pockets of the elite. I am a proud denier that man has anything we should worry about, to do with it.

Mother nature on the other hand has everything to do with it, as seen with the fires in BC caused by perfectly natural lightning strikes. That is a lot of carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere. There have always been forest fires and volcano’s, for just two obvious examples , and obviously Mother nature deals with it and the earth handles it.
commented 2017-08-11 10:32:40 -0400
If Wynne and Notley have their way home schooling will be illegal in Alberta and Ontario soon. I wouldn’t be surprised if all the provinces buy into cutting it out, maybe save for Sask.

Every province was a bit different as far as requirements but when I home schooled my two in BC. in the late 80’s early 90’s all I had to do was formally inform the Superintendent of schools in my province. I was pretty much left alone by the government. I did however join a Homeschooling group in Vancouver even though I was in the Interior , for support, trips and ideas. If I lived in Ontario, and had kids, I would pack them up and leave the province, period. I would not let that government indoctrinate my children. Both my kids are grown and both are very gainfully employed in jobs they find satisfying and fit their lifestyle. Happy, healthy members of society. They both started off in the system, we pulled them out, grade 2 and grade 5. No regrets.
commented 2017-08-11 10:30:39 -0400
Sue Diotte, thanks for your post.
commented 2017-08-11 10:23:22 -0400
Tammi Putinski-Zandbelt,

I homeschool two of my children. In Ontario, there isn’t any set curriculum that a parent must follow for homeschooling. They can create their own curriculum using a variety of resources via the internet, libraries, schools, their own creativity, and other sources. Parents can also unschool if that is best for their child. They can use alternative teaching tools for their children if they have learning disabilities. There isn’t any set time to teach or a time when it ends on a day that government mandated. Homeschooling takes literally half to a third of the time of a regular school day with all its interruptions, albeit, homeschooling parents usually teach throughout the day which includes life’s hands on skills as well. The only thing that is mandatory is filling out the initial paperwork for homeschooling and every September signing the Letter of Intent and returning it to the Board of Education. As well, the parents do not have to be registered anywhere to prove they’ve homeschooled their child. The verification is kept with the Board of Education, however, if parents want to they can register with the Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents or the Homeschool Legal Defense Association of Canada.
commented 2017-08-11 06:31:57 -0400
Jan G, homeschooling is permitted here. There is a curriculum to follow. A local family home schooled their six children, they had a classroom and followed a daily schedule, similar to a school setting. The children had field trips on a regular basis to add to lessons being taught. The children did not seem socially awkward or disengaged. The family moved out West a few years ago, so, I’m not sure whether the children were home schooled through High School or not.
commented 2017-08-10 23:34:13 -0400
Home schooling is big in the US. Does anyone know if it is even allowed in Canada? These poor little babies are being brainwashed.
commented 2017-08-10 22:29:50 -0400
Billy Howard, I used to think the same thing about kindergarten.
commented 2017-08-10 21:13:50 -0400
I used to think kindergarten was a good thing: an additional incentive for Canadians to have children thus replacing the need for more immigration.
But under a Notley/Trudeau/Wynne theocracy, children in school are too focused on diversity and gender fluidity. Today’s classrooms are raising Marxist, Shia compliant, gender-bending racists, courtesy of the alt-left agenda.
And with the open borders, there is now even less reason for kindergarten since we’re supposedly going to be inundated with a new “restorative” population – no need to encourage making babies.
commented 2017-08-10 21:03:21 -0400
Great show Jerry!

Nova Scotia shouldn’t use Ontario as an example for anything, kindergarten included.

Great interview with Anthony Furey.

It was Obama that set the expiration date of January 2018 for Haitians given Temporary Permits to live in the US.

Lorne Gunter’s comparison of Notley to Rae is spot on. I appreciate his commentary on what is going on in Alberta.

Trudeau and his band of climate hysterics are quite happy to force additional taxation on Canadians without batting an eye!
commented 2017-08-10 20:59:00 -0400
That LORNE GUNTER , has a most insightful assessment of the various types and degrees of Marxist dipperism
Great show tonight JERRY
commented 2017-08-10 20:58:58 -0400
- The socialists want to kill children before they’re born. If they are born they want them separated from their parents & placed in indoctrination centers as quickly as possible. If they can keep them through postsecondary schooling they will have given them at least 17 years of exposure to socialist doublethink.

- Trudeau cares about what his globalist pals think. He doesn’t care what the Canadian people think. To Trudeau, the Canadian people are just something in the background that becomes an aggravation when he outrages them (which happens more & more often.)

- Whatever the NDP was in the past, it is the party of foreign funded activist groups now. The Liberals seem to have gone the same way.

- The climate cultists have been using this hysteria to posh an agenda that has nothing to do with the environment. Just look at the complete lack of concern they have for what goes on for the rest of the world. Look at the non-existent protests against Russian & OPEC energy production. Look at the lack of outrage over what China is doing to it’s environment. They don’t want to debate skeptics, they want to censor & jail them.