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2015 INDIEFAB Award Finalist for EducationEarly childhood educators need to be cognizant of the disconnect between public policy and classroom practice—the success of children they teach depends on it This book analyzes how ineffective practices are driven by unexamined public policies and why educators need to challenge their thinking in order to make a difference in children's lives A very complex story about public policy and the importance of teaching is told while entertaining and engaging the reader throughout

10 thoughts on “The Great Disconnect in Early Childhood Education

  1. says:

    Very Disappointing So disappointed after reading this book I don’t know if I have ever given a 1 star rating It begins hopefully enough talking about how poor and at risk students are exposed to exponentially less language than their well to do counterparts and how we must find a way to close this gap through EC intervention This is not new information But then the author spends chapters 2 6 basically berating EC staff for carrying out instruction in a way that breaks standards down into objectives in order for them to best teach and measure student progress The author uses sarcasm throughout and almost seems to have a personal vendetta against early childhood staff and EC programs I kept reading in hopes that there would be ideas strategies or program changes recommended just to find that providing students language was the fix as well as assessing the student environment When I reached the very end and the author recommended a specific assessment I felt I had just finished a giant infomercial My experience with early childhood staff is that they are some of the most talented experienced knowledgeable and dedicated people I know They provide students with the highest uality learning experiences based on student interest and need The learning environment is always rich in language and presented in the most natural ways possible Does the educational system reuire us to be creative in how we must provide instruction because of the expectation of standards and how they must be measured for accountability? Yes but EC staff are incredibly creative and always have student success at the center of everything they do If the author truly wants to see change in the system then address the system Don’t beat down the very staff who work hard to help children every day

  2. says:

    This is the most important book about early childhood education that I have read in years It depicts how misguided public policy has set the field on the wrong course The book details positive remedies Currently rereading for inspiration

  3. says:

    I only have an indirect connection to early childhood education For a while I worked for a mentoring nonprofit that linked 3rd graders to college student mentors Nevertheless this book was uite meaningful to me based on what I do know about the education system Disclosure Michael is a college friend of mine Teaching to the test has been the norm for so long but what progress have we seen? Two teachers in my family one of whom is an art teacher had to tailor their lessons to ensure high test scores Seriously? The solution is succinctly stated here innovative educators are creating human classrooms that are tailored to meet the individual needs of children providing maximum autonomy with a minimum of hoop jumping In these classrooms children participate voluntarily in groups and regulate their own ability and comfort level to participate in social interaction Teachers do not view individual differences as deficits that need fixing but value children for who they are In short all children find themselves in an environment in which they are able to be themselves page 147 Isn't this what we want? If those involved in early education could absorb and establish these common sense practices recommended in The Great Disconnect our children and our society would benefit substantially Another benefit I understand now that after around 5 years teachers give up and seek other kinds of work I believe these innovative practices would also encourage teachers to stay in their profession

  4. says:

    Excellent dissection of early childhood education and how to fix itThe best part of this book is the latter half where the author describes a classroom wherein the faults of our current ECE system are fixed I've read a lot of books on this subject but few of them offer up so complete a solution There is a lot to unpack in the description of the ideal pre k setting and a lot of it can even be used by parents at home This is a book that should be read by educators caregivers and parents

  5. says:

    I found the information regarding the background of Head Start Pre K Preschool and Kindergarden interesting I wish I had attended a children's garden before starting elementary school The chapter that made the biggest impact for me was chapter 6 Envisioning a Preschool Classroom that Works for All Children I was able to take away many things that would make a huge difference in our homeschool Definitely recommend for all families with young children

  6. says:

    I think this book is a great explanation of what is wrong with early childhood ed in America and how it got that way It also gives a picture of how things could be if changes were made and the general public and legislators had a real understanding of the research surrounding child development A good read for parents educators and especially politicians

  7. says:

    This truly changed my thinking and my practice

  8. says:

    Empowering and articulate I needed some encouragement to continue to challenge our current climate of data mining in early childhood I found it here A must read for early childhood professionals

  9. says:

    uick read which provided some insight on the warring forces in ECE right now and an argument for how research says we should move forward

  10. says:

    A great easy uick read I downloaded a sample couldn’t wait to buy the kindle version read it in its entirety A definite must read for parents teachers early childhood educators