In the president’s speech to Congress last Tuesday, he said two things that made me cheer. First he said, “We’ve dramatically expanded early childhood education and will continue to improve its quality, because we know that the most formative learning comes in those first years of life.” It feels so good to have the president give some recognition to our field. We get so little that every voice helps.
Next, he said, “In the end, there is no program or policy that can substitute for a parent — for a mother or father who will attend those parent/teacher conferences, or help with homework, or turn off the TV, put away the video games, read to their child. I speak to you not just as a President, but as a father, when I say that responsibility for our children’s education must begin at home. That is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. That’s an American issue.” I hope there were a lot of parents listening.