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The Preschool Problem

Early childhood education deserves more attention.
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Graham Beardsley

on 17 May 2014

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Transcript of The Preschool Problem

The Preschool Problem
Early education works for more than just the children!
Raising child care subsidies would allow low income mothers the opportunity to work while offering their child a promising education in a nurturing environment.
Is early childhood education a good idea?
The "Perry Preschool Study" followed people from the preschool age through their 40s and proved in 2005 that the adults who were in the preschool group were more likely to have a job, had higher paying jobs, and were less likely to commit crimes.
It all starts with early education!

(Capehart, 2013)
Children deserve to think.
Working with young children on a personal level to encourage their intellectual growth and creative freedom will produce a better future for everyone.
Children deserve to be happy.
It is vital to approach each child as an individual, not as a statistic, and to feed their creativity as well as their intellectual appetites with consistent positive interaction.
Children are the present ...
"Our education system has mined our minds in the way that we strip mine the earth for a particular commodity and for the future it wont serve us, we have to rethink the fundamental principals on which we are educating our children."
They deserve more attention.
"Our under-funded child care subsidy systems are perversely designed to encourage the current inactive state of childcare facilities and may actually increase the number of children in settings that harm their development."
Their problem is bigger than we think.
The federal, state, and local governments need to provide financial support and encouragement to develop long term quality programs. The current system is a failure.

The "Seven Keys of Great Teaching" are Classics, not Textbooks; Mentors, not Professors; Inspire, not Require; Structure Time, not Content; Quality, not Conformity; Simplicity, not Complexity; and You, not Them.

-- Thomas Jefferson

... and the future.
"Our task is to educate their whole being so they can face this future, by the way, we may not see this future but they will; and it is our job to help them make something of it."
They do stuff like this.
They deserve a good start.
"As children grow older and enter school, their need for support must be met by their teachers."
However... everything in moderation.
References
Barnett, Steve. (2014, February 10).
The Profound Impact of Early Education.
Retrieved from
http://preschoolmatters.org/2014/02/10/the-profound-impact-of-early-education/

Capehart, Jonathan. (2013, February 13).
Obama's call to action on poverty.
Retrieved From
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2013/02/13/obamas-call-to-action-on-poverty/


DeMille, Oliver and Rachel . (2010).
The Seven Keys of Great Teaching.
Retrieved from
http://www.tjed.org/about-tjed/7-keys/


Gyatso, Tenzin; (2014).
Compassion and the Individual
Retrieved from
http://www.dalailama.com/messages/compassion


Robinson, Ken. TEDtalks. (Feb 2006). Retrieved from
http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity

Thank you for your time.
Seitel, Susan. Work & Family:
A Retrospective- Research and Results from 1990 to 1995
. Minnetonka, MN: Work & Family Connections, 1996.
Schweinhart, L. J., Montie, J., Xiang, Z., Barnett, W. S., Belfield, C. R., & Nores, M. (2005).
Lifetime effects: The HighScope Perry Preschool study through age 40.
(Monographs of the HighScope Educational Research Foundation, 14). Ypsilanti, MI: HighScope Press.
(Schweinhart, L. J., Montie, J., Xiang, Z., Barnett, W. S., Belfield, C. R., & Nores, M. , 2005)
“Every dollar we invest in high-quality early childhood education can save more than seven dollars later on,” Obama said, ”by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime.”
(Capehart, 2013)
(Gyatso, 2014)
"There are really only two ways to teach—you can
inspire
the student to voluntarily and enthusiastically choose to do the hard work necessary to get a great education, or you can attempt to
require
it of them."

Inspiration is easier to instill during early childhood education because they have not been as hardened emotionally by society.
Technology Helps to Inspire!
(DeMille, 2010)
(Barnett, 2014)
(Barnett, 2014)
-- Ken Robinson
-- Ken Robinson
(Seitel, 1996)
Children learn to act inappropriately to fill the emotional gap left by not receiving proper attention.
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