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Can we start our children in school at an earlier age?

I started school when I was 6 years old. However, I have heard of kids in other countries starting school at age 4 or 5. We honestly did not learn much in those earlier ages but I feel like by the the time I was able to learn, I was not learning enough from school. I know there are many flaws in the American education system and nothing can be changed overnight but this is just an idea I had...

benefits:
1. Children will have a head start learning not just knowledge but growing with other children

2. Parents can go back to work sooner since a lot of mothers can't go back to work until their children are in school

cost:
1. higher expenses for the government
2. possible negative effects on children (being away from their parents at an earlier age?)

I'm not a pediatrician nor a mother so those with insights, please share how you feel about this?

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    Jul 10 2013: The headstart school at my home town offers parenting classes and volunteer schedules for parents who want to be a part of their child's educational experience. Unfortunately, not many parents take part. The government funding for these children actually depends on how much time the parents volunteer at this school and the school has a hard time making this quota, this is sad. On the flip side, only children of low income families qualify for this program. So the parents who have to work in order just to put food on the table do not have the time to volunteer. A catch 22 is created and peoples' hands are tied, both the parents that do volunteer and the teachers whose hearts are in the right place.

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