Networks, Community, and Early Childhood Education

Today’s post borrows more of John Taylor Gatto’s ideas — in particular his summation of the profound difference between networks and community and how recognition of these differences is pretty important in the efforts at bettering our children’s education — or more broadly: in sensibly developing our community’s well-being.

The people who have come to staff schools are often fond of networking. Professional educators readily embrace the positive attributes of networks. Seemingly however, they are often unaware of the sapping of family and community vitality that such mechanization can induce.

Automations and routines can very well squelch human tendency; dehumanize by any other name.

And to the contrary, participation — as fully human — in complex human affairs — is what makes us fully human. Continue reading “Networks, Community, and Early Childhood Education”


To: Ben Markus, NY Times, US Government (and several others)

(For the sake of context: this triad of posts began with HPR reporter Ben Marcus’ report: Recruiting Early Childhood Educators. That radio report compelled me to comment, as I see “qualified preschool educators” being equated with ones who take up preschool education bachelor degrees (now consumable online) as a myth that, while good for college enrollment, does a disservice to our keiki and the gullible people who submit to such things. Ben has a different take and has..kindly weighed in on the discussion.) continued here

Preschool and The Great Training Robbery

The following report by Ben Markus was broadcast on Hawaii Public Radio:

Recruiting Early Childhood Educators

President Obama has pledged billions for early childhood education. This new emphasis on preschool is prompted, in part, by new brain science… and economic studies. Researchers have shown that for every dollar spent on preschool many more dollars are saved in keeping kids out of special ED and even prison. HPR’s Ben Markus reports that Hawaii, like the rest of the nation, struggles most with recruiting qualified preschool teachers.

Aloha Mr. Markus,

Will you kindly provide me with the source for your assertion that preschool teachers with bachelor’s degrees perform more competently than non-degree-ed ones?


Darren continued here