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

Reply to: Ben Markus – HPR News

Aloha Ben,

Thanks for your prompt reply. I’d only feel right if I sent along the
URL to a little ditty I wrote about said piece. I hope you will take
any polemical vibe as in the name of healthy dialectical policy
debate.

I do quite enjoy your work on HPR and hope you get a chance to read it:

[see previous: Preschool and The Great Training Robbery]

Mahalo,

Darren

Submitted on 2009/02/25 at 11:49pm
Ben Markus – HPR News

Ah, the blogosphere. A place where anybody can say anything–generally without decency.

For you to insinuate that Hawaii Public Radio is in the pocket of preschool educators is ridiculous. And to question the financial support of a station that’s trying to provoke healthy debate on issues surrounding education because you don’t agree with an aspect of one story is a disservice to the community. 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?

Mahalo,

Darren continued here