Forty to fifty percent of children nationwide are underprepared for kindergarten, lacking the basic vocabulary and sensitivities that the work demands. These same students are pushed through the system, and in third and fourth grade cannot comprehend early math and English instruction. By the time they reach college – if they make it that far – they are saddled with remedial coursework that costs taxpayers money and whittles away at the students’ financial aid.
These are undoubtedly the same 40% who are kept at home as playthings of bored housewives until they are old enough to go to school. The kids who aren’t in daycare are so visibly behind the kids who are in every single skill that it’s scary.