“Intellectual abortion” is not my way to be sensational about the intensity of the community’s loss of pre-K education for children in Shelby County. It is my verbal, emotional and experiencial truth. We are talking about children, in intellectual critical care at birth. If many of their mothers have little or no pre-natal care, we know nobody is reading to them in utero. Why chop down a budding but fragile tree, growing in the desert of expectations? What’s the annual cost to sponsor one child, another boring vacation?