Higher ed panics as more men opt out of college for the real world
It’s no longer just a trend, but a reality. The gender gap on college campuses continues to widen, nationally and in Minnesota. This threatens the viability of the higher education…
I was on the Department of Human Services (DHS) website today looking for some information about refugees in Minnesota. We had hoped to release our paper on the impact of the refugee program on the state budget at the end of the year but hit a data wall. Neither the feds nor the state keeps good data. And much of the data that is available is massaged to hide the costs, the facts.
So we are building a model to give you a good estimate of the cost impact of this federal program on the state budget. (Spoiler alert: the feds are not spending much at all, leaving it to state taxpayers to pick up the tab. We just do not know how much but will soon.)
I bumped into the DHS 2017 Legislative agenda (note that all the agencies have their own agenda that they lobby hard for at the Legislature) and took a peak. By the way, the people who lobby for these agenda do not just “go away” when there is a new governor. Elected officials are just “temporary help” while staff and “experts” carry out the real work of state government.
But I digress.
Listed was the following: “Early childhood facilities help prepare children for school issue.” DHS essentially admits that all-day Kindergarten has reduced options for parents with pre-school age kids. the logic displayed here is fascinating.
Early childhood facilities help prepare children for school Issue:
So the state reduced pre-K options by adding all-day Kindergarten, so of course the state has to step in, build “facilities” with borrowed money and raise the kids starting at age 4. Then the kids can go to work to pay off all that debt we racked up to house them while we were busy doing something more important.
It is the “Kibbutz” approach to raising a family.
This is all about the DFL plan for the state to offer pre-K to ALL four-year olds in Minnesota. All of them, not just the kids who need a helping hand.
Leaving aside whether this is good for young children, imagine what that would do to all the high quality pre-K options offered by child care providers at churches, in-home day care and Montessori-type schools.
But after all, it’s for the children.