Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe): Gross, K.Yo.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Gross, K.Yo.

Rep. Kevin Yoder is going to host an event with Yasmina Vinci, the Executive Director of the National Head Start Association,  community leaders and local parents.

"As a vocal advocate for the Head Start Program, Representative Yoder invited Ms. Vinci to the Third District to see firsthand how the program benefits local children and to work on solutions to ensure Head Start remains effective and viable for another 50 years," the announcement reads.

Ew, K.Yo. Gross.

Since 1965, U.S. taxpayers have dumped more than $180 million billion into Head Start programs. And you know what we have to show for it?

Well, Head Start gave K.Yo an award that the Congressman insists on bragging about. Other than that? Crickets.

Head Start has notoriously wasted billions. The program, which was designed to give pre-kindergarten students a "head start" on education has had little or no impact on the "cognitive, emotional, health or parenting practice of participants." What little educational outcome gains the program achieves are erased by the second half of first grade, according to a report released in 2012.

So, Head Start and K.Yo will meet and discuss the glamorous goal of giving children a head start on government indoctrination. The Early Childhood Education Community Forum on Aug. 31 starts at 9:15 a.m. The barf-inducing event will be at the Growing Futures Early Education Center, 8155 Santa Fe Drive in Overland Park.

Meanwhile, as K.Yo's press people were announcing his event, the Kansas Policy Institute released its response to a Garden City Telegram opinion piece pining for universal preschool for all Kansas 4-year-olds. 

Why stop at sending kids to indoctrination camps at 4 years-old? Why not at 3 years? Six months? Universal access to professional potty training? 

KPI notes that Oklahoma, where kids suffer in universal preschool, has not seen positive results from its "experiment" on Sooner State children. 

Please, K.Yo, let's stop pandering to the slobbering masses and make decisions based on results -- not emotion. This Yoder event: Yuck. Yuck. Yuck.

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