“Tax the rich. Tax the rich.” The mayor makes it sound like a punishment. We hear that his pre-K proposal is dead, but just in case he tries to resuscitate it, here are reasons not to. It’s not a money issue, but a behavior problem.
Most 4-year-olds are too immature to be separated from mommy or a familiar family member. On Court TV programs, there have been numerous cases where a parent sues a daycare school or personal care provider for negligence because the child fell down and sustained a bump to the forehead, wandered off or was pushed by an aggressive child, resulting in a bloody nose. The Department of Education would also be subject to lawsuits for similar incidents.
But let’s sort out responsibility. A parent is legally responsible for a child’s care from birth to age 18. The DOE is responsible for providing free education to those age 5 to 18. It should not be in the babysitting business — kindergarten is young enough.
There is a policy that I would like to see changed: school hours. Eight a.m. to 3 p.m. is hard on parents, children, teachers and custodians. It’s all early-morning rush hour. Better hours would be 9 am. to 4 p.m. Everyone would benefit.
Finally, a comment about the snowy February day when the mayor didn’t order schools closed because his crystal ball wasn’t working. He could have postponed that day to Monday, Feb. 17, a holiday, and figured out later a substitute day in spring or early summer in order to comply with the 180 days required.
Often, it’s better to be practical than political.