Congratulations on your excellent editorial on education ("Investing in education has real returns," Nov. 12). It is extremely convincing as to the social value of an educated citizenry. But the benefits described in the editorial will not materialize until we establish a comprehensive early-childhood education program.
Children need assistance long before they enter school. Their capacity to learn is diminished if they are not provided early appropriate developmental opportunities, medical and dental care, social stimulation and a rich protein diet. The research (in neuroscience and child development) support for this is not only convincing, it is overwhelming.
Early intervention will produce more favorable outcomes than remediation at a later time.
Salt Lake City