Six Ways To Dip Your Toe Into Early Learning Advocacy

Overview I hear frequently from early learning professionals who are angry, frustrated, annoyed, or all of the above over the state of our profession and want to advocate for change. Whether it is caused by meddling educrats, philosophical misalignments with coworkers, or developmentally inappropriate parent expectations, the solution is always the same: something needs to … Continue reading Six Ways To Dip Your Toe Into Early Learning Advocacy

Play Advocacy Via Social Media: Engage Carefully

Over the last six months, nearly a dozen frustrated early learning professionals have shared tales of developmentally inappropriate social media content they’ve run across. The content has ranged from cookie cutter craft projects, to infant toddler learning apps, to chatter about play from people who did not seem to understand play. These frustrated folks wanted to engage with the content creators and advocate for play, but were understandably reluctant.

Competition Is Ruining Childhood. The Kids Should Fight Back.

Like the crack of a starting pistol, November begins the official college application season. But for students, this race started long ago.

Many of today’s kids have lived their entire lives, from sunup until midnight, in a fierce tournament with their peers. (I was one of them. A decade after graduation, I still can’t think of a period when I’ve worked harder than in high school.) From kindergarten to 12th grade, schools brag about how “competitive” they are. That means it’s not enough for students to do their best. Whether in the classroom, on the athletic field or at home on the computer, they must always be better. Youth has become a debilitating endurance test.

The thing is, we don’t even really know what we are racing for, much less how to tone down the competition. And most people don’t seem to be benefiting from this frantic contest, either as students or as adult workers. Americans are improving themselves, but the rewards keep flowing uphill to the 1 percent.

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