The Daily Signal Salutes Defunding of After-School Programs

Diane Ravitch's blog

The Daily Signal is published by the uber-conservative Heritage Foundation. I am on their mailing list. In yesterday’s report, it congratulated Trump for proposing to eliminate federal funding for after-school programs because they harm children. They hailed the defunding of 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

Based on a study published 10 years ago that found that participants in the programs showed no change in academic achievement, felt safer, but were involved in more incidents of negative behavior, the Daily Signal slammed the program. Maybe the kids were involved in more incidents of negative behavior than their peers who stayed home and watched television alone.

Surely it is a mistake to judge a program of after school activities by academic metrics, even if it was falsely sold as such.

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