The Times' editorial board could learn from President Obama's observation in his State of the Union address that "every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than $7 later on — by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime."
As director of the HighScope Perry Preschool experiment that found these results, I confirm that he got them exactly right.
You question the feasibility of high-quality universal preschool in part because it would be too expensive. In fact, the Perry Preschool program cost about as much per year per child as any other grade of school — uncommon for preschools today, but easily within the reach of our wealthy country. Why quibble over the price when the return to our children and our economy can be seven times as great?
Lawrence J. Schweinhart
The writer is president of the HighScope Educational Research Foundation.
The Times' editorial is misguided. The National Institute for Early Education Research provides a full review of the peer-reviewed research on preschool and sets the record straight: The evidence strongly supports the president's early education proposal. The research shows: