“All of this would seem to argue for a system in which we spent ever more of our energies and money on early, preschool education rather than less,” concludes Bellafante.
Yes, but let’s be VERY clear: What is needed to close the verbal gap is not just preschool. Not even “high quality” preschool. What is needed is high-quality preschool that drenches low-income learners in the language-rich, knowledge-rich environment that their more fortunate peers live in every hour of every day from the moment they come home from the delivery room.
Am I the only one who sees a disjuncture between what Pondiscio is calling for for low-income kids and what he says works for "more fortunate peers?" Because literally, the difference is not some plan or curriculum, but simply more time in contact with and talking and listening to caring, educated adults. So providing this in pre-schools for low-income students shouldn't be that hard, just kind of expensive.