Caveat Emptor: The Head Start Scam
According to John Hood, the studies (such as the "Perry Preschool" study) used to insist that the Head Start program has positive benefits on young children are not germane to the issue. Hood declares that many of these studies were conducted on highly regulated classrooms that had no connections to the Head Start program. In addition to this, Hood argues that the idea behind Head Start (i.e. "early intervention by the federal government can keep poor children from growing up into poor adults or criminals") is gradually loosing credibility with the rise of more scientific information. These facts cause Hood to suggest that preschool education would be better off in the hands of the private sector.