What kind of education do preschoolers need?
A scholarly quartet has ideas, and they recently revealed them online.
For the Summer 2021 edition of the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) journal, science was dutifully dropped.
The authors of “Viewpoint. Creating Antiracist Early Childhood Spaces“:
- Rosemarie Allen — associate professor of early childhood education at Metropolitan State University of Denver
- Dorothy Shapland — assistant professor of early childhood education at Metropolitan State University of Denver
- Jen Neitzel, Ph.D. — executive director at Educational Equity Institute
- Iheoma U. Iruka Ph.D. — research professor of public policy and founding director of the Equity Research Action Coalition at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
First of all, what is “antiracism“?
“Anti-racism is the active dismantling of systems, privileges, and everyday practices that reinforce and normalize the contemporary dimensions of white dominance. This, of course, also involves a critical understanding of the history of whiteness in America.”
Per CNN, microaggressions to avoid:
- “Don’t blame me. I never owned slaves.”
- “All lives matter.”
- “I don’t care if you’re white, black, yellow, green or purple.”
“The focus on racial equity following the murder of George Floyd,” the NAEYC piece begins, “has resulted in conversations about racism that were unheard of less than a year ago.”
And now, the four figure, an antiracist approach must be enacted and sustained.