Column: Whose responsibility should it be to teach kids self-control?




The Indiana legislature will likely consider expanding statewide pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programs for children at risk. Informing the discussion will be an extensively studied 1960s pre-K experiment, the Perry Program from Ypsilanti, Mich. Its findings suggest we re-examine a forgotten goal of early education.

In the Perry Program, researchers assigned 123 3-year-olds from low-income black households to either a control group or a treatment group.

Those in the treatment group participated in a two-year program that included five-day-a-week sessions and a weekly home visit. Those in the control group had no contact with the program.

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