“Strong military needs early education focus” is a pretty terrifying headline, if you ask me. Is our military so in need of troops that they are enlisting tots? Is Junior ROTC now so insufficient that we need a Toddler ROTC? Or perhaps the generals are declaring war on our preschool centers?
Nope. Two former high-ranking defense officials – a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former Secretary of the Navy – just happen to believe that “the most important long-term investment we can make for a strong military is in the health and education of the American people.” And, they argue, “the most reliable way to achieve these goals is by providing at-risk children with quality early childhood education.”
They’re launching a new initiative called Mission: Readiness to advocate for early education and other investments in American children.
Good for them.