(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.