June 22, 2011

Question: When Has Early Childhood 'Education' Officially Gone Off the Rails?

Because you're never too 
young to be a Jenks Trojan
Answer: When a Jenks Public Schools parent handbook informs us that students are placed on their backs to sleep so as to avoid Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Let us review for a moment. Oklahoma's state constitution originally required compulsory school attendance for children "between the ages of eight and sixteen years, for at least three months in the year." The legislature later expanded the school year and lowered the age to seven, then to five. Today, an astonishing 71 percent of Oklahoma’s four-year-olds are in state-funded prekindergarten and, incredibly, 2,325 three-year-olds were in pre-K classrooms last year. One is reminded of the fire captain’s remark in Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451: “We’ve lowered the kindergarten age year after year until now we’re almost snatching them from the cradle.”

Almost? Feh. The Jenks Public Schools will gladly enroll your six-week-old scholar in an "education" program (6:30 AM to 6:00 PM if you like) whose "curriculum" encourages "language enrichment" and "problem solving." Jenks schoolteachers also strongly emphasize "the development of language skills," which is why they are careful to wipe their students' gums with a clean washcloth after feeding.


  1. Astonishing. Sometimes I'm glad I raised my kids before this era...I'd have been one of the ones constantly in trouble for balking ;-)

  2. Melissa3:19 PM

    I'm not sure what you have against a childcare program that is funded by private tuition. Do you just pick on this program because is affiliated with a public school?

  3. Melissa: No, I think it's safe to say that's not the case: http://brandondutcher.blogspot.com/2005/12/disservice-with-smile.html

    The problem with Jenks educating these young scholars is that taxpayers are still footing the bill for overhead costs.


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