Immigrant Children: In and Out of the Shadows

The Fall Harvard Education Review arrived just the other day, bringing poignant scenes, voices, and data from one of the most troubling spheres of modern life. As the nation struggles with gridlock on so many fronts—political, civic, economic, you name it—battle weariness is becoming an occupational hazard. But the plight of our immigrant children and youth—especially those of undocumented, or to use the preferred term, “unauthorized,” parents—deserves careful attention, especially down at the early end of the education spectrum, where developmental paths begin.

According to Lynn Karoly and Gabriella Gonzalez, contributors to this spring’s reader-worthy Future of . . . Read full article →

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School Daze: An ECE Systems Update

Where did the summer go? Wasn’t it just yesterday that we welcomed the solstice? What havoc nature wreaked: earthquake, hurricanes, epic floods and drought. Not to mention our human-made disasters: debt ceiling hysteria, a dangerously stalled economy, rising unemployment. And a poverty rate for children of 22 percent. Then there was Rick Santorum’s rant against federal intervention in early education. “The government wants their hand on your children as fast as they can,” he warned in a town hall meeting in Iowa, referring to “early starts, pre-early starts, and early-early starts” as indoctrination that only a socialist could . . . Read full article →

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