04/03/2017

DUMB: D.C. To Mandate College Degrees For People Taking Care Of Kids

Frank Camp, Daily Wire

According to The Washington Post, the District of Columbia will now "require child-care workers to get college degrees."

A central part of [this] mission is educating a workforce that historically has been paid and treated like babysitters. What the job demands is closer to the work of elementary school teachers, scientists say.

This initiative comes in the heels of a 2015 study from the National Academies of Science "that says the child-care workforce has not kept pace with the science of child development and early learning.''

Here are four reasons this initiative is ludicrous:

1. Lost Jobs

Many caregivers will have neither the time nor the money to get a college degree, or complete an equivalent training program. As such, some caregivers will lose their jobs because of this requirement.

The Washington Post even mentions a woman who quit her job at a care-center because she didn't have the time to go back to school, as well as another woman who is already in tuition debt:

... Lynita Law-Reid, the director at Kids Are Us, said she knew the credential requirements were coming, so last year she created employee agreements and asked each employee to commit to progressing through a higher-education program. So far, just two of her 16 teachers have associate degrees.

Many of her employees are mothers, or single mothers, with little personal time and flexibility. One employee left her job because she could not commit to going back to school, Law-Reid said... One employee said she already owes back tuition and could not log onto her courses until she finished paying down her bill.

There are scholarship programs, such as the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship, that offer help. However, not all care-givers will be granted scholarships.

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