Speak Out: A vote for early education
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Head Start, preschool and the rural area summer Bible schools (not as many as there used to be) are responsible for the great “bridging-of-the-great-gap” between the first-graders who attend preschool types of education before first grade and those that don’t.

My dad taught in various high school capacities and locations and wanted to implement pre-school programs in Fayette County in the late 1950’s. I was in an experimental first-grade class that started school at age 5 (1948) with a birthday of Oct. 1, and I have been grateful ever since.

Every child should attend some type of pre-schooling before they start the first grade so they are exposed to a scholastic environment run by quality people, day-to-day rules with guidelines and boundaries for discipline before bad influences and stereotypes from an individual household are imprinted. The younger the better.

R. Brock Watkins
Anniston
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