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Special review: Reroute the Preschool Juggernaut

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Barnett, W. Steven
Book review
Publication Date: 
16 Jun 2009


Reroute the Preschool Juggernaut is a new book published online by the Hoover Institution and authored by the Fordham Institution’s Chester Finn. It is an inaccurate and poorly reasoned attack on the movement to secure all children a good preschool education. The book cherry-picks a few weak studies to fit its preconceptions, and it builds the case for targeted programs based on errors, exaggeration, misrepresentation, and logical inconsistency. In this review, Barnett sets forth 14 points to consider, which together demonstrate these flaws and explains why an even-handed review of all costs and benefits tends to support preschool for all.