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On this week’s podcast interview Paul talks to Katharine Stevens, an early childhood expert with the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. Starting out, Paul and Katharine discuss the tragic impact of COVID 19 and the abandonment of in-person learning on children. Also, Katharine shares details on her recent report Still left behind: How America’s schools keep failing our children in which she details on a state-by-state basis how America’s public schools are failing to move the needle on results.
Finally, Katharine has written about New Mexico’s plans for universal pre-K and, with the results of the recent election, Paul notes that there can be no doubt that the Legislature will tap the permanent fund and institute such a program. Katharine shares why this will not solve the State’s educational attainment challenges.
- “Why expanding New Mexico state pre-K won’t help the children who need help the most”
- Joe Biden’s plan for universal preschool forgets key to children’s success: Parents.
- Parent coaching advances young children’s language development: Summary and Study
- Children who start school early more likely to get ADHD diagnosis — even if they don’t have it (original Harvard study here)