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ERIC Number: ED357328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-24
Pages: 13
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Child Nurture and Education: Searching for Promises in the Midst of Perils.
Hauser, Jerald
Parents, teachers, and other caregivers need to be aware of certain fundamental concepts to protect children from assault, abuse, and neglect. Among other things, children need: to understand what being a "stranger" means; to have sources of self-esteem (that thrive when children are loved unconditionally); to have good communication with various caretakers; to know that adults make mistakes; to know the importance of telling about abusive situations; to receive smiles, hugs and kisses, etc., from good people); and to know that they have the right to be safe. Parents should be educated to ask early childhood caregivers about the safety of indoor and outdoor program areas; about health and safety rules; and about parent involvement. Some of the perils that face child educators include: (1) the attitude that many preschool children come from homes that have already destined them to failure, despite research that shows what good schools can do to remedy this; (2) the attitude that the best reading intervention sources must be reserved for elementary remediation, even though that means calling up the reinforcements so late; (3) the notion that it is a wise policy to keep some children from entering second grade and to put them instead in some limbo program after first grade, despite evidence that such students are more likely to drop out; (4) the nostrum that smaller kindergarten and primary school classes need to be nationally pursued, despite decades of research into pupil group size reductions indicating temporary gains not worth the extra expense that schools had to take on; and (5) the attitude that whole language instruction can replace phonics driven preschool, kindergarten, and primary curriculums. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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