Preschool Can Be Worse Than the Alternative

We want universal child care to be a cure-all. Quebec's experiment shows it isn't.

School's in session.

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Universal preschool has become the ginseng of American politics, a sort of broad-spectrum nostrum that will cure almost anything that ails you. Inequality, male-female pay gaps, crime, poverty -- just apply some early childhood programs, and watch those maladies fade. Expect to hear this a lot from Hillary Clinton in the coming presidential race.

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