I started the new year re-reading David Kirp’s Kids First, an immodest proposal for changing children’s trajectories in our dear U.S. of A., a country that pays lip service to mother, apple pie, and family values, but doesn’t walk the talk. As I glided through his chapters, with their vivid descriptions of early learning settings and the professionals who staff them, I came upon the “B” word: “Babysitting,” that is. Kirp, of course, was referring to other people’s perceptions of the work of early childhood educators. But talk about pushing my buttons.
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