Here is why universal pre-K is a very bad idea.
The whole point of pre-K is to facilitate women being in the workplace, right? Workplace can mean two things. One is a career and another one is a job. The difference is that a job is something you can leave for 3, 4, 5 years and then go back. If you are a cashier at a supermarket and you leave the job when you have a kid, you can go back to being a cashier several years later. But if you have a career, there’s nothing to go back to.
The only reason I put Klara in daycare at six months is that the alternative was to abandon my career forever. That was absolutely the only reason. And it was very, very hard to do. (If you have no problem being separated from a 6-month-old child for several hours a…
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