Authors: Ron Haskins
April 1, 2004
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Far too many children are failing in school, which in turn greatly depresses their life chances. Great economic and social inequalities flow from this lack of educational achievement by poor and minority children. The question now is whether the nation can fulfill the commitment to equality as a fact and a result in educational achievement. In this paper, the specific question addressed and answered is whether preschool education can play an important role in reducing the yawning gap that now exists in educational achievement.

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