ECE and Ed Reform: Are We There Yet?

Just the other day, I was catching up with colleagues in New Jersey, when the conversation turned to the place of early care and education on the larger education reform agenda. My raison d’etre, as you know. Ed reform is a hot topic, with everyone and his uncle weighing in on every single aspect of the system’s dysfunction—from the students, whose PISA scores and declining college graduation rates have Arne Duncan in a tizzy, to the teachers, who are besieged, de-valued, and depressed, to school leaders, hunched under the weight of accountability, to teacher educators, wracking their brains to bridge . . . Read full article →

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Screen Time

April 18th through 24th is “Screen-Free Week.” I’m no fan of annual efforts to highlight and mitigate the damage inflicted by a society in which the best interests of children are too often ignored. Raising public awareness is critical, I know. But like yo-yo dieting, the results are often fleeting. So I had to be dragged into the fray by my colleague, Dana Friedman, at the Early Years Institute. Their April enewsletter, touting a “Screen-Free Alternatives Guide,” offered an irresistible opportunity to catch up on the latest research and “Generation M²,” as the 2010 report by . . . Read full article →

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