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JACQUUELINE Maley (Canberra Times
23/12/16) wrote, “More preschool is a
sure-fire budget fix, in the long run; but
politicians don’t have the guts.”
The journalist cites, “all they have to do is bet-
ter fund preschools; Compulsory, state-subsided
preschool is something economists are switch-
ing on to.”
“After 20 years of solid research into child
brain development, scientists now know that
the human brain in the infant-to-child period is
exquisitely sensitive to its environment.
Whatever crappy destiny a child’s genes have
planned for him or her, it will usually only be
triggered in a bad environment, where a child’s
basic physical needs are not met, or where his or
her parents fail to provide a nurturing, stimulat-
ing and responsive backdrop.”
Maley quotes ‘Professor Frank Oberklaid, a
feted paediatrician who is probably Australia’s
foremost expert in early intervention and child-
hood development, saying none of this research
is touchy-feely or vague.’
“We all know that children who are exposed
to abuse or neglect often grow up to have psy-
chological and behavioural problems but the
research shows there are long-term physical and
neurological consequences from what you and
I might call a crappy childhood.”
The Canberra Times story depicts a harsh real-
ity, “the effects from a bad environment are as
real and long-lasting as a blow to the head, or a
kick to the kidneys might be.”
“In situations of extreme poverty, child abuse,
substance abuse, or any situation where the child
is exposed to unpredictability and a lack of re-
sponsiveness, stress levels go up in the brain,”
“Increased stress in those early years resets
the body’s physiological regulatory system at
a sub-optimal level, meaning these children, as
they grow up, are more likely to develop disease
like heart disease, stroke and diabetes.”
“It also buggers their brain’s frontal lobe
development, which governs what is known
as ‘executive function’ – a trio of cognitive
processes that are essential to functioning as a
happy and productive adult: working memory,
mental flexibility and self-control.”
“Take a survey of your nearest prison popula-
tion and you will find it full of men and women
who have difficulty holding more than a few
pieces of information in their minds at once,
who are bad at switching between tasks and who
have poor or zero impulse control.”
“Children are not born with these skills and
they are unlikely to develop them in dysfunc-
tional home environments.”
Ms Maley realigns the reader with a political
agenda, “that’s why compulsory, state-subsided
preschool for at least one year, but ideally two,
is something economists are switching on to.”
“The Nobel-winning American economist
James Heckman has devoted much of his pro-
fessional life to researching the economics of
early childhood and has shown that funding
early childhood delivers a return on investment.”
“His analysis of one preschool program esti-
mated a seven to 10 per cent return on invest-
ment where analysis of another early childhood
program, the Chicago Child-Parent Centre,
estimated $48,000 in benefits to the public per
child from a half-day of public preschool, the
estimated return on investment was $7 for every
The meaning of this analysis, “these savings
are based on the greater adult productivity of
the kids involved and reduced costs in reme-
dial education, healthcare and criminal justice
participation down the line.”
“Preschool helps develop the early build-
ing blocks of educational success – learning
colours and numbers, understanding patterns,
realising that printed words hold meaning, it
socialises children and any language, hearing
or developmental problems a child may have
are picked up early.”
“The benefits of early interventions like pre-
school are largely invisible, prevention is a very
hard sell, Oberklaid says, there are no photo ops,
no plaques on buildings, it takes a particularly
visionary and educated politician to fund it,
Maley asks, know any of those?”
Ms Maley’s article links scientific research to
budget repair for saving billions of dollars over
the next generation preventing, “poverty, illit-
eracy, social delinquency, welfare dependency,
ill health and even cardiovascular disease and
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To our darling Rosalind,
A light from our lives has gone
A voice we loved is still
A place is vacant within our hearts
Which can never be filled.
A bouquet of beautiful memories
Sprayed with a million tears
I wish God could have spared you
If just for a few more years.
We hold you close within our hearts
And there you will remain
To walk with us throughout our lives
Until we meet again.
So rest in peace dear loved one
And thanks for all you’ve done
We pray that God has given you
The crown you’ve truly won.
The emptiness we feel no one can fill
Love you always and forever,
Your loving Husband
Geoffrey, Daughter Shirl and
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