To B.A., or not to B.A.: The Conversation Continues

How loaded can a question get? Last week’s post drew readers like moths to a flame, striking a deep chord in a community that, at least from my admittedly quick and unscientific survey, remains mighty conflicted about credentialing.

Wrote one colleague (“Ghost Mentor in the Sky,” as she calls herself ): “I, too, cannot believe it is still an issue to debate. ..A senior staff member in the Head Start Bureau once commented to me that money spent on ‘training’ of various kinds could have paid for B.A.s for most of the Head Start teachers. I’ve never been able to . . . Read full article →

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To B.A., or not to B.A: That is Not the Question

Yesterday, I opened an e-newsletter from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment and saw red. “Should you have a bachelor’s degree to work with young children?” screamed one of the headlines. “Why are we even asking this question at this late date?,” I emailed one of our field’s stalwart leaders. “This drives me mad!”

When I had cooled off, I followed the link, under the headline, to a more nuanced, if brief, conversation with Marcy Whitebook, Valora Washington, and Sarah Garland—interviewed by BAM!Radio’s Rae Pica—about the need to move beyond this reductive question to fully . . . Read full article →

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Invest in Children: A Banner Week for the Cause

Who knew what a week could bring? Here’s to those who speak—loudly and clearly—on the need to invest in our young ones:

February 25: New York Times columnist Charles Blow weighed in on babies, railing against Republicans who support children’s right to life, but abandon them in the womb and in the world. He reminded us that the U.S. now has the highest infant mortality rate of the 33 countries described by the International Monetary Fund as “advanced economies,” a dubious distinction due, in part, to the increase of premature births, which began to rise in the 1990s. . . . Read full article →

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