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Letter to the editor: Quality is needed to help solve problems

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 12:01 am

Young children, birth to 8 years old, are problem solvers. For hours every day, in early childhood education programs, young children figure out how to line up, how to wash the germs away on their hands, which color to use for a picture, how to share toys, build a tower, and, if they are very lucky to have a good teacher, how to get along with other children.

Children learn how to succeed when they are barely out of diapers, as they are a community of learners, trying to figure out life and solving the many challenges that bombard them every minute of every day. Problem solving is a creative and cognitive skill that is learned before kindergarten.

Quality programs are needed to help children become experts in problem solving, as the problems become more challenging and have more of an impact as we get older.

Did too many of our legislators and leaders miss out on a quality early childhood education? Did they miss out on the core foundations of preschool that help us come to a mutual agreement for the betterment of the community? Where did the electorate go wrong? Are there better problem solvers to be elected next time?

Mary Musson