ecm editorial board

Football season is here. High school teams are doing two-a-day practices. Monday morning quarterbacks are replaying, analyzing and criticizing Vikings games. Fans are making sure they have the latest fashions in purple and white, or maroon and gold. Fantasy football players are studying every statistic.

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Any discussion of public education — its needs, its strengths and weaknesses ‑ generates a vast array of ideas, blame, expenses and controversy. It is almost surprising to find one premise that is universally agreed upon by administrators, politicians of all persuasions and teachers.

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A growing number of scientific findings on early brain development and the ability of children to learn more earlier is leading educational and business leaders to push for more state funding to educate three-and four-year-old children, particularly from communities with concentrations of poor families.

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