You don’t usually get in trouble saying your boss it right. But my boss, Tony Perkins, is really right about early childhood education. Tony’s column is in USA Today.
I worked in the U.S. Education Department under the Reagan administration. Yes, I know conservatives; you don’t think there should even be a federal education department. And you’re right about that. Ronald Reagan didn’t think so, either. He would have disestablished it if liberals in Congress had allowed him to.
Tony’s right because there is no better place for a young child than in a loving home with a married mother and dad. We had an interesting experience on this issue with my former boss, Sec. Bill Bennett, in the Reagan years. The Secretary had to go up to Capitol Hill regularly to testify about the zeroing out of the Department’s budget.
Liberal committee chairmen pitched a fit. One of them came to the hearing primed to beat up the administration—and Sec. Bennett in particular—over federally-funded day care initiatives. The Chairman wanted the feds to establish a national system of secular, regulated, and unionized day care centers.