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Friday, February 17, 2006

Are We Improving?

Yesterday I got a new grandson. A cute little guy who will come home to two older sisters. As I was holding him in the hospital, I was thinking about how early childhood has evolved since my own children were infants. I wondered if we are improving as a nation in caring for our most active learners. Having worked in early childhood for almost 30 years, I have definitely seen highs and lows. There have been times that I have been encouraged by the promised commitment to early childhood only to be disappointed when the support wanes after a few years. I do, however, think that we are improving. Early childhood educators are getting the word out and studies are showing that investments in early childhood do pay off. I think that good parents nowadays are very good parents. There are a lot of resources for them that were unavailable to me. The mothers of my grandchildren know so much more than I did as a new parent. As I held that little guy yesterday, I was thinking how lucky he is to have caring, nurturing parents that have a solid knowledge of early childhood development. I wish all kids were that lucky.

3 Comments:

At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Suzi said...

Early Childhood has definitely improved over the years. Even when I look at books that I used to read while growing up, and what is available now, I can see the improvement. Congratulations on the new grandson, and keep up the good work in our children's lit. class! I LOVE that class!! =)

 
At 7:52 PM, Anonymous Crystal Waters said...

It is so great to know from someone as experpienced as yourself that the early childhood programs are improving. I myself want to be an early elementry teacher so that I can help make a difference in children's lifes. And I agree that children form their opinions of school early so we have to make the most of that time.

 
At 7:54 PM, Blogger Drazil said...

If we are not improving, we're dying! As a new teacher, I am privileged to learn from the wealth of experience of those who have been in the profession their whole lives and yet be in school at at time when so much research and technology is breaking through. It's exciting!

 

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