10.06.2015

Fahrenheit 451: When Science Fiction Comes to Life

Ray Bradbury's classic science-fiction novel, Fahrenheit 451was published in 1953, over 60 years ago.

Since I am living in the future to Ray Bradbury's 1953, I find it fascinating to compare his insightful imaginings with modern-day American realities, to wit: 

"That's why we've lowered the Kindergarten age year after year until now we're almost snatching them from the cradle."
Chief Beatty

"The Office of Early Learning (OEL) is the principal office charged with supporting the Department's Early Learning Initiative with the goal of improving the health, social-emotional, and cognitive outcomes for children from birth through third grade, so that all children, particularly those with high needs, are on track for graduating from high school college- and career-ready."


"Growing the Supply of Effective Early Learning Opportunities for Young Children: To expand high-quality learning opportunities in the years before preschool, the President will call for a significant investment in a new Early Head Start-Child Care partnership. Competitive grants will support communities that expand the availability of Head Start and child care providers that can meet the highest standards of quality for infants and toddlers, serving children from birth through age 3."


"In his [2013] State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to expand access to high-quality preschool to every child in America. As part of the effort, the President will propose a series of new investments that will establish a continuum of high-quality early learning for a child -- beginning at birth and continuing to age 5. By doing so, the President would invest critical resources where we know the return on our dollar is the highest: in our youngest children."