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Zombie Head Start Program

April 29, 2014

HuffingtonPost: “Another Zombie Idea” by Yasmina Vinci, includes reference to Paul Krugman and zombie ideas.

zombie vinci head start

Vinci uses the notion of “zombie ideas” to present “facts” in response to the Head Start Impact Study.

Head Start provides comprehensive early child development services to low-income children, their families, and communities.

Ms. Vinci is the Executive Director of the National Head Start Association:

a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life.

As with most “zombie idea” allegations, I really have no good way of assessing these big data sets for myself and there are so many conflated variables and so really it all comes to belief in a system or a need to cut funds.

The Head Start program was

part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society campaign.

So it’s nearly 50 years old and of course there’s lots of stories of how it helped people. Unfortunately, it seems the long-term data doesn’t match the success, making it a prime target for technocrat budget wonks. In this way too, the program is itself a sort of zombie.

And what about the zombie children?

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