In his State of the Union speech, President Biden urged for universal pre-k for all 3-4-year-olds to establish a highly educated workforce in the U.S. He emphasized the significance of early education, as research indicates that students who attend pre-k are 50% more likely to graduate high school and obtain an associate or bachelor’s degree.
During his speech, President Biden advocated for increased pay for public school teachers and improved career options for high school graduates. He acknowledged that when public education for 12 years became a norm in the previous century, it elevated the U.S. to the position of the most educated and best-prepared nation globally. However, he pointed out that other countries have now caught up, and that the U.S. will be outcompeted by any nation that provides a better education.
President Biden’s call for universal pre-kindergarten arrives during a period of unprecedented academic setbacks for students nationwide. Since 2019, every state has observed a dip in their students’ math scores, with fourth and eighth-grade students experiencing the steepest decreases on record. Additionally, from 2020 to 2022, the nation has seen its largest recorded drop in reading scores, which now align with 1990 levels, and a first-time drop in math scores.
President Biden’s call for universal pre-kindergarten is a move to make quality education available to all children, regardless of their background. By offering preschool access to 3-4-year-olds, the President aims to provide all students with the chance to succeed and reach their full potential.
In addition to advocating for universal pre-k, the President also demanded increased salaries for public school teachers and improved education-career opportunities for high school graduates. By investing in teachers and offering students a wider range of career paths after high school, the President aims to build a more knowledgeable and competitive workforce in the U.S.
The President’s call for universal pre-k is an important step in ensuring that all children have access to quality education. By investing in teachers and providing students with more career options after graduation, the President hopes to create a more educated and competitive workforce in the United States.
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