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ACTION ALERT :: Week of the Young Child
With the Week of the Young Child (WOYC) approaching we are asking for everyone’s support for a letter campaign. We want to inform the public about the proposed EBT Card plan, and the consequences of implementing this plan. So, we are asking everyone to submit the attached letter to the Editor of your local newspaper. If you go online to your local newspaper, they will have information on how to submit a letter to the Editor. Most papers have limits on the amount of words. The attached letter is 200 words and many allow more than that. You can start the letter stating something about WOYC which would be a great lead in and, if there is still room, you can add something about how the EBT plan will affect your center. It will ask for you to submit your name and contact information. Since the WOYC is 4/11 - 4/15, the letters should be submitted no later than April 3rd or 4th. Also, if you are contacted by a reporter and/or willing to reach out to one, all the better! If your letter becomes published and/or you are contacted, please email me and let me know, as it would be greatly appreciated.
Let’s flood the state with these letters in as many papers as we can!
Thank you in advance for your support!
To access a template to use when submitting a letter to your local editor, CLICK HERE.
The New Preschool Is Crushing Kids
Step into an American preschool classroom today and you are likely to be bombarded with what we educators call a print-rich environment, every surface festooned with alphabet charts, bar graphs, word walls, instructional posters, classroom rules, calendars, schedules, and motivational platitudes—few of which a 4-year-old can “decode,” the contemporary word for what used to be known as reading.
Because so few adults can remember the pertinent details of their own preschool or kindergarten years, it can be hard to appreciate just how much the early-education landscape has been transformed over the past two decades. The changes are not restricted to the confusing pastiche on classroom walls. Pedagogy and curricula have changed too, most recently in response to the Common Core State Standards Initiative’s kindergarten guidelines. Much greater portions of the day are now spent on what’s called “seat work” (a term that probably doesn’t need any exposition) and a form of tightly scripted teaching known as direct instruction, formerly used mainly in the older grades, in which a teacher carefully controls the content and pacing of what a child is supposed to learn.
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