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January 2, 2015 at 2:46 PM

Quality pre-K: The benefits to society

The editorial “To save money, provide quality pre-K, not incarceration” [Opinion, Dec. 29] is a most timely argument.

Along with comprehensive social and nutritional support, making literacy and numeracy concrete realities in young lives reaps benefits both for the kids and for society.

I have been in human services for nearly four decades. In that capacity, I have encountered adults who have spent various amounts of time in the penal system. Most have had lousy — in some cases nonexistent — academic backgrounds, which have led to poor reading and comprehension skills leaving many of them functionally unemployable.

A good education increases the odds that someone will be ethical or exhibit a community minded spirit. We owe it to the kids and ourselves to make relevant education widely available to all.

Joe Martin, Seattle

 

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