Baby PISA is Just Around the Corner. So Why is No One Talking about It?

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As the standardization of early education proceeds apace, assessment of young children is a hot topic among those who nurture and educate them. Inappropriate, high-stakes testing is moving down, inexorably, to the most tender stages of development, the latest front of the Global Education Reform Movement.

Helge Wasmuth, an associate professor of early childhood and childhood education at New York’s Mercy College, has been following this trend. Among his research interests are early education policy as well as the history of, and postmodern perspectives on, early childhood education. He is a renowned expert on Friedrich Froebel. In the . . . Read full article →

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Harriett Krein-Hart: A Bright Light on the Hudson

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When my firstborn was a toddler, his father and I began the search for child care. The project was daunting, the price tag exorbitant. To whom could we entrust our child? What were we looking for? Would we know the right program when we saw it? Would he be loved and treasured? The questions nagged at us as we moved through this agonizing rite of passage for the American parent.

We found Purple Circle, a parent cooperative established in 1972 on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Soon, we were part of the village it takes to raise a child. . . . Read full article →

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The Power of Their Voices: Early Childhood Teachers Talk School Reform

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A former preschool teacher carried the torch for democracy at the confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education. “The Senate should not be a rubber stamp,” Patty Murray said. “We owe it to the American people to put families and children first, not billionaires.”

Those were fighting words from the mild-mannered senator from Washington State, and senior Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee. Especially with Microsoft and Amazon among her top campaign contributors from 2011 to 2016. But as the results of our recent election attest, women’s ascent to power . . . Read full article →

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Jamaal Bowman’s Anthem for the Whole Child

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Under winter’s hard, cold earth lie the fruits of the coming spring. But we needn’t wait until then: the nation’s classrooms are already verdant, filled with the energy and potential of our children.

Jamaal Bowman’s garden grows in the Bronx, where he began his career as an elementary school teacher at P.S. 90. The founding principal of Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School, he was trained by New Leaders for New Schools, after serving as a guidance counselor, teacher, and dean of students at the High School of Art and Technology.

“Mr. Bowman gives every student his . . . Read full article →

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