Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Chapter 6 discussion regarding early education (birth to three years) reminded me of author Burton L. White's work(s) regarding infancy and exposure to language, experiential activities, etc. ( I believe his early works were published in the late 1970's to the early 1980's & he continues to explore the early learning in his present day writings.) Page 148-149 speaks to the three core elements needed in preschools to lay the groundwork for the lifelong process of continued education. The concept of teaching parents to parent as well as the need to look at daycare in the US would be areas where disruption(s) would be heavily felt. These areas would need to be addressed in addition to the areas of (e)learning in public education. The authors refer to all of the interdependencies (page33): temporal, lateral, physical and hierarchical which would be affected across the learning spectrum from preschool to advanced college. It is a daunting undertaking but we need to find ways to make it manageable, workable and move forward in education right along with the world's forward technological movement.