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Friday, 2nd April 2010

A Next Social Contract for the Primary Years of Education

A Next Social Contract for the Primary Years of Education
Source: New America Foundation

A new report from New America's Early Education Initiative calls for a bold transformation of the country's public education system to prioritize early learning. The landmark report, "A Next Social Contract for the Primary Years of Education," envisions a new system that serves children starting at age 3, erases the artificial divide between "preschool" and "K-12" programs and extends high-quality teaching up through the early grades of elementary school.

The report comes at a key moment for education reform in the United States, as Congress takes up reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It also follows the release last week of national test results showing that two-thirds of American fourth graders cannot read at grade level. And it reflects decades of research on how much high-quality learning experiences in children's earliest years and throughout elementary school can produce gains in their academic and social well-being that carry through to adulthood.

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