Did you have to care for a hamster in your preschool class? Line-up? Clean up? Share?
According to this NPR Planet Money podcast preschool probably provides irreplaceable job training. Taking place during a developmental window that does not reappear, the “soft learning” we get as 3 and 4-year olds shapes our success as adults. This academic study provides the specifics.
The Economic Lesson
It is all about cost. The cost of any decision is the alternative you rejected. Choosing is refusing.
An Economic Question: Why might cutting a preschool program have a lower cost for a politician than for society?