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ERIC Number: ED413038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-26
Pages: 15
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Fighting for a Better World: Teaching in an Inner-City Day Care Center.
Singer, Judith Y.
Based on a participant-observer's 14-month experience in the day care setting, this paper describes the curriculum implementation in an inner-city day care center--called "Banza" for purposes of this paper--in which both students and teachers come from working class or poor, African American, Caribbean, or Latino families. Through its monthly theme calendar, the curriculum emphasizes cultural diversity, community responsibility, and speaking out when something is wrong or unfair. Themes include becoming a group, "trick-or-treating" for UNICEF, international harvest festivals, festivals celebrated by families from all over the world, U.S. Civil Rights Movement, Carnival, etc. The teachers play an important role in the curriculum development. Most themes come from experiences that teachers have in their lives and the stories they tell about their lives. The program tries to cover all cultures, but some teachers argue that they could focus more on specific cultures. Overall, both teachers and students see their day care setting as a family with emphasis on care, women's nurturing role, and learning to speak out in unfair situations. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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