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The Sandbox Investment: The Preschool Movement and Kids-First Politics


reviewed by W. Steven Barnett — September 25, 2007

coverTitle: The Sandbox Investment: The Preschool Movement and Kids-First Politics
Author(s): David L. Kirp
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674026411, Pages: 333, Year: 2007
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Alexis de Tocqueville (1840/1966, vol. 2) once noted that Americans are practical, business-oriented, and “fond of explaining almost all the actions of their lives by the principle of self-interest rightly understood….” (p. 130).  These habits of mind and heart are evident in David Kirp’s new book The Sandbox Investment: The Preschool Movement and Kids-First Politics beginning with the book’s very title. It is hardly accidental that Kirp identifies the movement he chronicles as a “sandbox investment” and not “sandbox solidarity.”  With such a title it is perhaps inevitable that this book would be reviewed by an economist.  I should point out that in addition to practicing the dismal science, my research comes under the lens of the present work, and I have played a small part in the preschool movement The Sandbox Investment describes.  However, my purpose here is not to explain my view of that movement, but David Kirp’s.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 25, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14620, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 11:54:25 PM

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  • W. Steven Barnett
    National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University
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    W. STEVEN BARNETT is Board of Governors Professor of Education and Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University. His research on the economics of early care and education includes landmark benefit-cost analyses of the Perry Preschool and Abecedarian programs. Much of his research focuses on the short- and long-term effectiveness of various types of preschool programs and on policy issues including the distribution of early educational opportunities. Dr. Barnett earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan. Recent publications include “Early Childhood Development and Social Mobility” with Clive Belfield in The Future of Children (2006), and “Early Childhood Program Design and Economic Returns: Comparative Benefit-Cost Analysis of the Abecedarian Program and Policy Implications” with Leonard Masse in Economics of Education Review (2007).
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