I noticed, with some dismay the "Our Views" in last Saturday's ("We have greater needs than state-funded preschools," Feb. 28) Pantagraph.
It appears the author is not aware of recent studies on human aggression. An hour-long program on Free Speech TV - available on DishNetwork - on this subject is very illuminating. I recommend it to your readers interested in causes of human aggression, criminality, etc.
It seems that all primates, including humans, from age zero - birth - until about 5, progress through a normal sequence of aggression to social responsibility. As the child gets older, it normally begins to recognize that it is necessary to temper aggression with social interaction. However, a proportion of the population never seems to progress to the normal social-interaction stage and proceeds to what later is determined to be anti-social or criminal activity. The change begins at about age 2 and is determined largely by the peer relationship and control by adults of the species - i.e., mothers and fathers, baby sitters and other individuals. Brain functions develop, language skills develop and social skills develop in the same manner.
It should be obvious to the casual observer that such development from the normal aggressive nature of the infant to the socially adaptive adult can be affected by educated pseudo-parents - teacher, properly qualified and trained - in preschool as well as kindergarten. However, according to the program cited previously, by the age of 6, the child has pretty much determined how it will develop socially, educationally and as responsible social individuals. It should be obvious to the casual observer that it is less expensive to train - educate - children than to incarcerate them into prisons as adults.
Robert L. Cox