Education for Young Children

I was offended by the following statement in the editorial on education for young children: ``A diligent mother at home with some kind of formal program for her children can achieve comparable results. But in a two-parent working society, where are these mothers?''

The phrase insults the many diligent fathers at home who are providing first-rate primary care to their children. There is no reason for the Monitor to neglect male homemakers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics in March 1992 reported that 521,000 two-parent families had a working mother and a father not in the work force. Some men have been full-time homemakers by choice for more than five years.

Child care is not a women's issue. Please do not try to absolve husbands and fathers from their responsibilities as homemakers and nurturers. Joanne Callahan, Garland, Texas

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