By Cheryl Coleman
Preschool has many different names like Nursery School, Primary School and Pre-K, which stands for Pre-Kindergarten. These institutions are educational spaces or learning establishments providing early childhood education to children prior to starting standard education at primary school. Having institutionalized nursery programs can have both a positive and/or negative impact on children depending on perception. The conversation has been traveling through the school system to make preschool compulsory from ages two-five years old, and then penalties will be issued to parents if their children do not attended. If preschool becomes mandatory, I believe we should adopt the Universal School method. This is when the government funds the school with tax dollars for families of all incomes; these programs tend to provide better education than daycare centers.
Universal schools program requires teachers to have credentials and for classes to have a low teacher to student ratio. There are a few reasons why this early childhood program is being developed. First, there are an increasing amount of families who have both parents working in the household. Having mandatory preschool provided by the government will help eliminate the huge cost of daycare. . Secondly, early mandatory schooling will help students whose first language is not English not be so far behind when they begin kindergarten.. Lastly, having mandatory preschool programs align with the school districts students with enter will help ensure a smooth transition. Regardless of where you stand, I believe it is hard to deny there are benefits to mandated preschool. For those against it, their main concern is it’s too early for a child to be separated from their parents and some parents prefer to teach preschool concepts themselves. Normally, children adjust to separation anxiety and the anxiety is a short-term occurrence. Secondly, not all parents are equipped to properly teach preschool concepts nor will parents teaching the concepts help their children to be exposed to other children from different background and cultures. It is important as early as possible for children to learn how to socialize and interact with other children. As long as the children are receiving the best opportunities as early as possible, no one should complain about compulsory preschool.