Stacey Poncia Won't Be A Martyr for the Children's Crusade

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When I first set eyes upon David Kirp’s foreword to my book, Squandering America’s Future, I almost cried. His title, “The Public Equivalent of Love,” went straight to the heart of the matter.

Kirp talks about the need to make smart investments, right from the start—a subject he knows well as the author of The Sandbox Investment and Kids First. “For now,” he writes “neither Washington nor the states will pick up the tab ” But his long-term vision is encouraging:

Sixty years ago, the federal government spent less on seniors than on any . . . Read full article →

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Rae Pica Asks: What If Everybody Understood Child Development?

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“Common sense has gone the way of the dodo bird where education policy is concerned.” I’ll say. Fortunately, we have Rae Pica. Her new book is filled with it.

A co-founder of BAM Radio Network and a 21st-century Perle Mesta of early childhood, Pica has hosted educators, researchers, parents, and developmental experts of all stripes in a series of shows where she’s never afraid to ask the hard questions. She’s also an indefatigable cheerleader for young children and those who nurture them. In chapter 19 of What If Everybody Understood Child Development, a series of brief . . . Read full article →

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Being Black is Still A Risk Factor in 2015

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June 17th was the darkest of nights. A white man slaughtered nine black people during worship. Our nation’s soul is sick, threatened by an ancient malignancy.

We continue to search for the words to make sense of it all. Young black men are taking to their posts with anguish and outrage. Ta-Nehisi Coates demanded that South Carolina banish the Confederate flag. It “cannot be divorced from the ideology of white supremacy” he wrote—the animus for Dylan Roof’s “human sacrifice.”

Jelani Cobb contemplated this “horrific act of desecration,” one in a “lineage” of . . . Read full article →

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Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin: Defending Children Against Goliath

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Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin teaches 3- and 4-year-olds at Boston’s Mission Hill School, the brainchild of progressive educator Deborah Meier. When she’s not engaged with her lively and inquiring students, she does duty as director of Defending the Early Years. The DEY Project is rousing the early childhood community out of its slumber, urging well-reasoned arguments against the various, and growing, assaults on developmentally appropriate practice.

Earlier this year, they released “Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose,” which concluded that the Common Core requirements for Friedrich . . . Read full article →

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