Research Disputes Benefits of Early Education
Take the time to read the whole article (pdf). It is very well written, one of the best and most comprehensive I've seen on this topic. One statement from this article expresses precisely my feeling on the subject:
"Fundamentally, the preschool and kindergarten debate is not about the effectiveness or expense of the programs. At heart is the question of in whose hands the responsibility for young children should rest. On that question, plans to entrench the state further into early education cannot be squared with a free society that cherishes the primacy of the family over the state."
I guess I've found my raison d'etre for social activism!