ERIC Number: ED329342
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Yet To Make the Grade: New Zealand National Government's Early Education Policy.
Farquhar, Sarah-Eve J.
The early education policy of the National Party government in New Zealand is based on the Parents As First Teachers (PAFT) approach and the New Parents as Teachers project, which originated in the United States in Missouri. It is difficult to assess this project, which is not well-documented. The PAFT policy that parents should be home with children recalls the post-World War II political rhetoric about how women should stay home because separation of mother and child is unhealthy for children. Contrary to the National Party's belief, sociologists have found that education as intervention makes little difference in children's life chances. National also seems to have overlooked the question of whether home visits by professionals is a good idea. Research indicates that parents are self-conscious about such visits and find them to be quite threatening. Before policy implementations are made, the Missouri project needs to be thoroughly examined and debated by education specialists and parents. References are included. (BC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Zealand
Note: California Association of Community Colleges (Asilomar, Monterey, CA, April 18-20, 1990).