ERIC Number: ED110196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-6
Today's Child - Tomorrow's World.
Butler, Annie L.
This paper emphasizes the need for today's early childhood programs to meet children's present needs and still prepare them to cope with the future. Current early education trends are discussed as a basis for planning for the future. The factor identified as being most important to a preschool child's perception of the future (his aspirations and the behaviors necessary to achieve them) is the occupational expectations his parents have for him. Women, ethnic minorities, and children of poverty-stricken families are viewed as "future deprived" and in need of special attention in this area now. Several things that early childhood education programs can do to help children develop a better future-focused role image are: (1) emphasize the development of coping skills, (2) help develop the joy of learning so children will be motivated to keep on learning, (3) teach problem-solving skills, (4) help children develop a good present self-image by helping them become competent and teaching them to behave acceptably, (5) include career education, (6) emphasize cooperation rather than competition, and (7) get parents involved. (JMB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Early Childhood Conference sponsored by the University of Maryland and Maryland State Department of Education (5th, March 6, 1975)