Early Warning: Preschool Frauds

October 1973
Journal of Learning Disabilities;Oct1973, Vol. 6 Issue 8, p528
Academic Journal
This article reports that parents who can't wait to launch their pre-school children on the road to success seem to be easy targets for promoters selling early-learning programs and reading devices. These operators have made hundreds of thousands of dollars peddling early-learning products that have been misrepresented and that are often totally useless. In several states action has been taken against Robert Chesney of Orange Park, Florida, irrepressible owner of an outfit called Pre-School Learning. He has been arrested and released in Florida, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. New jersey has enjoined him from selling his learning devices in the state for a year. Most recently, New York City's Consumer Affairs Department got Chesney to sign a consent order agreeing to stop misrepresenting his business within the city's limits. An expert in early learning at Teachers College Columbia University examined Chesney's books and his test. She said that the books provide neither the appropriate content for the beginning reader nor directions for the parent.


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