ERIC Number: ED028812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Feb-2
Reference Count: 0
Toward the Prevention of Incompetence.
Hunt, J. McVicker
The mental health of the citizens of a community is in part dependent upon their ability to join in and obtain the rewards of the fulfilled life of a competent member of society. This has been very difficult for the disadvantaged to accomplish because their backgrounds have been one of deprivation and their opportunities have been limited. But the incompetence of the disadvantaged is not significantly attributable to genetic deficiencies; rather it is mostly attributable to their deprived backgrounds. Head Start and similar compensatory education programs have been created to alleviate the intellectual and cognitive deficiencies of disadvantaged children. Such programs have met with varied success. Intervention earlier than age four or five would be good, however, because of the importance of early development. This intervention should be coupled with some form of parent education or parent participation. Such a total program (called "Centers for Children and Parents)" has been suggested. Not only would young deprived children be given a compensatory education at such a center, but professional personnel there would establish relations with the parents and counsel them as to proper child rearing practices. (WD)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Public Health Service (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana, National Lab. on Early Childhood Education.
Identifiers: PROJECT HEAD START
Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., September 2, 1967