ERIC Number: ED101836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Reassessing Our Educational Priorities.
White, Burton L.
The role of the family in the education of a young child, particularly during the first three years of life, is the subject of this symposium address. Four topic areas are identified as the foundation of educational capacity: language development, curiosity, social development, and cognitive intelligence. Professional educators, working directly with children, especially children over 6 years of age, have much less influence than was previously thought. From this perspective, the family must receive increasing priority as the first educational delivery system. Three main obstacles, however, confront families attempting to do the best job of educating their young children: ignorance, stress, and the lack of assistance. For the first six years of the child's life, especially the first three, continuing, low pressure, strictly voluntary, training for parents should be made available. Training could be made available in hospitals during the lying-in period, through adult education courses, and through public television programs. (CS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Educational Commission of the States Early Childhood Education Symposium (Boston, Massachusetts, August 1974)