Let parents develop child’s good character

To the Editor:

The ECM Editorial Board endorses “all-day-every-day kindergarten in Minnesota” (April 24 Caledonia Argus) and even pre-K for children 3 to 4 years of age. They quote several economists how such a program [of state sponsored education] impacts the “return on investment.”

However, is that what is best for the very young child? Certainly education is extremely important in the ability of a child to be able to grow up and make his way in this world.

The most important quality, however, is developing good character. This responsibility is the parents, not the state educational system. Children need time with their mother and father so proper character can be instilled.

Early childhood education as Minnesota has approved – and this Editorial Board promotes – reverses this Godly-ordained role.

History shows this can be dangerous. Hitler once said, “Let me control the textbooks and I will control the state. The state will take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing. Your child belongs to us already.”

He also said, “Give me the youth, and Germany will rule the world.”

Parents need to think through what is really important before they give their children over to early state education.


Jason Steinle

Swanville, MN