May 022014
 

Originally posted at the Washington Post. By Valerie Strauss with Geralyn McLaughlin, Nancy Carlsson-Paige. This is a report on Defending the Early Years’ survey on early childhood teachers’ views about current state and national early childhood education policies and mandates. The Common Core State Standards for students in kindergarten through Grade 3 have come under severe criticism by [Click for more…]

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Aug 022013
 

Reprinted from WashingtonPost.com Increasingly we hear that academic work, including test prep, is reaching down into the lowest grades, even preschool. Here’s a post with teacher concerns on the issue, written by Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, and Diane E. Levin. They run the nonprofit called Defending the Early Years, which seeks to rally educators [Click for more…]

Aug 012013
 
Detroit Riots of 1967: Lessons for Today

Reprinted from Diane’s blog on HuffingtonPost.com The city of Detroit has declared bankruptcy (Globe). In the summer of 1967, I was in Detroit, with a group of beginning early childhood teachers from around the country. It was a very hopeful time. We were studying how President Johnson’s “War on Poverty” would help children and families [Click for more…]

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Apr 172013
 
In the Aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombings: Resources for Helping Children Deal with News Violence

As I am feeling the distress of the city as the rampant violence in the world has now hit Boston. Children in Boston and beyond are hearing yet again about the horrors of violence.  Here are 2 items I have written in the past about how adults can help children deal with violence they hear [Click for more…]

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Dec 162012
 

I want you all to know about the exciting new guide, “Facing the Screen Dilemma:  Children, Technology and Early Education.”  It is described below in the message that was sent out to list members of my organization, Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment.  As you’ll read below, I co-authored the guide with two colleagues who also care deeply [Click for more…]

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