We are trying something new. Check out the first episode of our new podcast, Good Schools for All. This week, we start from the beginning and talk with Ida Rose Florez, executive director of the Elementary Institute of Science, about the challenge of early childhood education.
The podcast is an idea we hatched months ago with Laura Kohn, executive director of the Education Synergy Alliance. And now she’s co-hosting it with me.
We hope to have some fun, do some interviews that will make us all think and highlight not only what we need to work on in San Diego, but programs and educators that are excelling.
For the first show, however, we started with the infants.
A child’s first five years help define his or her ability to learn throughout the rest of their life. When children learn well at an early age, it lays down patterns in their brain that will continue to be repeated throughout their life, allowing them to learn more and more. This is why that time of life is so important.
Professor James J. Heckman recently published results that at-risk children who don’t get high-quality early childhood experiences are 25 percent more likely to drop out of school, 40 percent more likely to become teen parents and 60 percent less likely to attend college.
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Interesting that the taxpayers invest over $9,000 / K-12 Student, each year. How much is invested, by taxpayers, for each college student?
@john stump According to the CA Budget and Policy Center, CA spent $11,251 on each UC student and $6,799 on each CSU student last academic year - both figures are near a 30-year low when adjusted for inflation. Guess who's making up the difference: students (tuition)...largely in the form of debt. Here's the link: http://calbudgetcenter.org/resources/state-spending-per-student-at-csu-and-uc-remains-near-the-lowest-point-in-more-than-30-years/