ERIC Number: ED248988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-20
Reference Count: 0
Early Education and Alternative Childcare in the Context of the Family and Society.
McCall, Robert B.
This discussion examines trends in American society and family life in the context of early education and alternative child care programs of the future. It is suggested that social problems arise when some aspects of society change while other intimately related aspects lag behind, especially when the lagging circumstances are improving but not fast enough. The thesis is that the social equality movements of the last 2 decades produced rapid change that has not been paralleled in other aspects of society, creating task overload, a focus on self, and stress adversely affecting family life and children. It is suggested that, while some people have grabbed at quick fixes, more effective solutions are likely to come when the lagging aspects of society catch up. Four areas or groups needing to catch up are discussed: private industry, government, fathers, and family institutions (including early education and alternative care programs, which should be encouraged to become multidimensional family resource centers). (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Cognitive Development, Coping, Day Care, Divorce, Early Childhood Education, Family Characteristics, Family Problems, Fathers, Government (Administrative Body), Industry, Institutions, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Responsibility, Social Behavior, Social Change, Social Influences, Stress Variables
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Role Transition; Stress (Biological)
Note: Paper based on keynote address presented at the Meeting of the American Montessori Society (Evanston, IL, June 20, 1984).