ERIC Number: ED348134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec-23
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Entitlement in Early Care and Education: A Tale of Two Rights.
Kagan, Sharon L.
This paper addresses the rights of children, families, and society regarding the care and education of young children. The paper addresses two basic questions concerning what is meant by the word "right." The first question is, "What is right for young children and families in order to ensure optimal development?" The response to the question uses several definitions of "right" as a foundation for consideration of notions of what is good, proper, or just; what is in conformity with fact, reason, or some standard of principle; and what is correct in judgment, opinion, or action. The response is meant to integrate knowledge and experience about what is pedagogically and developmentally correct for young children. The second question is, "To what are children rightfully entitled?" This question focuses on what is morally, legally, or ethically proper; what is due to any person by just claim, legal guarantee, or moral principle; and what certifies privilege. It is suggested that a legal view of rights has framed child and family policy in America. The paper offers an alternative conception of rights that embraces legal and psychological dimensions, with the goal of improving the alignment between what is right for children and their rightful entitlements. The paper also discusses the process of ensuring children's optimal development; the process of realizing entitlements in early care and education; and the government's role. Sixty citations accompany the article. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Economic Equity; Educational Entitlements; Optimization; Social Entitlements