Research Finds a High Rate of Expulsions in Preschool
By TAMAR LEWIN
Published: May 17, 2005
So what if typical 3-year-olds are just out of diapers, still take a daily nap and can't tie their shoes? They are plenty old enough to be expelled, the first national study of expulsion rates in prekindergarten programs has found.
In fact, preschool children are three times as likely to be expelled as children in kindergarten through 12th grade, according to the new study, by researchers from the Yale Child Study Center.
"No one wants to hear about 3- and 4-year-olds' being expelled from preschool, but it happens rather frequently," said the study's chief author, Walter S. Gilliam.
Although preschool expulsion rates varied widely by state and type of setting, the study found that on average, boys were expelled at 4.5 times the rate of girls, African-Americans at twice the rate of Latinos and Caucasians, and 4-year-olds at 1.5 times the rate of 3-year-olds. Expulsion rates were lowest in preschool classrooms in public schools and Head Start, and highest in faith-affiliated centers, for-profit child care and other community-based child-care settings.
"What the data tells us, as does the show 'Supernanny,' is that there are a lot of out-of-control kids out there," said Karen Hill-Scott, a California expert on children's development and their readiness for school....
When I read a study like this... I recognize that some people who made pre-k "policies" couldn't tell Real Time from TV Land. Miss Nancy, Romper Room, just didn't have adequate feedback about the life and times of pre-schoolers. And so these researchers are stunned by a real-time response, somewhat typical of the pre-school age?
What is the liberal motto towards preschoolers: Drug 'em or "expel 'em" ???