Do children need preschool?

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Do children need preschool?
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Sun, 02-21-2010 - 8:52am
I'm sure some do, but my question is more can a child with a SAHM go without preschool and be successful in pre-K and kindergarten. Say for example a set of twins who have each other all day, and 4 older siblings of various ages who have friends over a lot, and who get some other interaction with similar aged children outside the home for free play a couple of days a week, with an educated mother able to teach the basics of numbers, letters, good behavior, etc. Is preschool a must have for all children, or can a good SAHM skip it? What would a SAHM need to do at home in order to successfully prepare her children for either pre-K or kindergarten without sending the kids to preschool?

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Fri, 02-26-2010 - 10:28am

Well, it probably won't color mine either, since I don't plan on paying for grad school for my kids. But I would hate to see them load up on student loans to go ivy league and therefore end up *not* being in a position to later become a pastry chef if that's what they want. To me, a BA is to become educated, and graduate school is to get a job. ;)

We agree on the wanton cost of a BA. I wouldn't do that for liberal arts (which is where I expect my kids are headed)--there would have to be a specific reason.

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Fri, 02-26-2010 - 10:37am

Oh, for sure. Paying for an Ivy or other expensive BA with a lot of loans would seem like a complete waste of money. IME, limited as it is, you can find excellent programs and professors at state schools.

We agree on the respective purposes of the BA and the MA, lol, except, of course, for those staying in academia. In that case the Ph.D. is what gets you the job.

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Fri, 02-26-2010 - 10:51am
Why would undergraduate loans prohibit one from going to grad school or professional school? They can be put on hold while one is in grad school.
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Fri, 02-26-2010 - 3:17pm

It doesn't prevent it, but the more debt you have, the harder it is to pay it off down the road. It's my understanding that statistically, kids who have undergraduate loans are less likely to go to grad school. Makes sense to me.

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Fri, 02-26-2010 - 3:27pm
Yeah, for sure. So now that I've insulted the ivy leagues, where is your dd going?;)
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Fri, 02-26-2010 - 3:36pm
LOL, no worries, to the UK, and not to Oxbridge.

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Fri, 02-26-2010 - 3:39pm
Cool!
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Sat, 02-27-2010 - 12:23am
I agree that student debt is not a great thing, but if you can get an undergrad degree and come out with only a reasonable amount of debt, get your loans frozen while you are in grad school, and get funding for grad school so you don't have to take out more debt, you may have a better job at the end and have more resources to pay off those pesky undergraduate debts.
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Sat, 02-27-2010 - 7:00am

any school that gets recognized as a blue ribbon should be proud, a national program i might add.

 

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Sat, 02-27-2010 - 7:07am
I checked out several so-called Blue Ribbon schools for dd back in the day, and I found all the ones I looked at to be woefully inadequate in various ways. I don't know what it takes to have a school designated "Blue Ribbon," but from my experience it does not seem to be the things that I care about in a school.

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