Essance McGuire

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It’s time to stop putting kids in separate gifted education programs

Every winter, thousands of New Yorkers take a standardized test that will determine their future opportunities. Some of them have studied for months, even paid for expensive test prep classes. And after it’s all over, maybe they can go back to playing with blocks, practicing tying their shoelaces, …

New York City

Everything I Needed to Know About Teaching I Could Learn in Kindergarten

Farima Pour-Khorshid is one of the most brilliant social justice educators I know. She teaches bilingual kindergarten in Hayward CA and is now working on her PhD in education as well as being a teacher activist and organizer with the Teachers 4 Social Justice in the Bay Area. Too often, we think of …

Teaching

Dad of Child on the Autism Spectrum Writes an Open Letter to the Public Exposing Insensitive and Damaging Behavior From Grown Adults Toward Young Children

<b>"Seek to understand, before being understood." -A basic principle in Empathic Listening</b><p>When people stare - or even criticize - you have to wonder if maybe they are simply unaware. Do they truly think these children are just "naughty" rather than distressed? Maybe. But each time we read about the …

Autism

Four-Year-Old Booted From Preschool After Mother Objects to Lessons on Homosexuality, Gender

<b>AURORA, Co. —</b> A four-year-old girl in Colorado has been booted from preschool after her mother expressed concern over diversity teaching in the …

LGBTQI

What Do We Know About Pre-K? That We Should Start Sooner, Says Report

Perry Preschool. Abecedarian. Chicago Child-Parent Centers. Boston. Tulsa.<p>For early-childhood advocates, those names—shorthand for some of the most …

Education

Nova Scotia budget promises pay bump for early childhood educators

The Nova Scotia government confirmed in its budget it will give early childhood educators a raise, but how much won't be known for another week or …

The Evolution of Early Childhood Development

The study and insights into the ancient mystery of the development of a human brain remains one of our generation's greatest achievements. A baby's mind is where it all begins, we now know. A missed step in their early years can cause them to play catch up for the rest of their lives.<p>It is …

North Carolina

Are values taught or caught?

How do we build strength of character in our children? I asked my younger daughter this question, and this was her reply:<p>"For me, I learnt from your …

Behavior
Education

Tennessee parents outraged after kids arrested at elementary school, officers apologize

Tennessee parents are outraged after a group of elementary school kids were handcuffed and arrested because they did not break up a fight that was …

Education

'I teach four year groups in a day, each sees life so differently'

I love Wednesdays. Yes, it is halfway through the week and the long-awaited weekend is in sight but that is not the reason that I love Wednesdays. I …

Teaching