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Richmond County educators highlight the importance of the basics prior to traditional schooling

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The importance of building foundational skills in children before they turn three was the focus of The Basics Community Kickoff breakfast Wednesday with Richmond County educators at First Baptist Church of Augusta's fellowship hall.

Two of the event speakers were Richmond County’s Superintendent...

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  1. This approach is something that most educators have known about for at least 75 years. They are describing the process that children, lucky enough to be exposed to it, have used for decades to succeed in making a place for themselves in our world. It worked back then and it works now, but only if the process is applied! The massive failure of millions of people to become useful productive members of our society is because no one provided this for them. We expect parents to do this, but millions of children do not have parents who are capable or willing to do it. If we are to stem the tide of generational crime, poverty and human misery, we need to find a way(s) to provide this to those who would otherwise not get it. There are models out there already. It’s time to take a look. State Rep. Gregg Kennard has proposed legislation that would require children to attend kindergarten and Pre-K. His bill proposes redirecting money from the Department of Corrections and imposing policies that decrease incarceration in favor of alternative sentencing. We need this and a lot more!

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