Thursday, June 20, 2013

Early Childhood and Teacher Education

      After reading the Guest Commentary about Early Childhood education and the long term effects that dropouts have on the economy.  It made me think about a conversation I had with another teacher about the importance of educating young students.

     Let me start from the beginning, I fear that teachers in the Early Childhood system do not take teaching young children seriously. They are always complaining about being viewed as babysitters, yet they allow themselves to be treated as such. Teachers are required to take 12 ECE units to be considered a teacher, meaning they can be in a classroom by themselves without assistance. A lot of these teachers do not pursue further education, they work for years without ever taking another college class. They become burnt out because they can no longer handle the next generation of students that enter their classroom. Students change from year to year. From my experience, they become wiser, more mature and sometimes more challenging. To handle these ever changing personalities, teachers must equip themselves with the knowledge needed to give the students what they need. Whether it is academics, patience, self esteem or a safe nurturing environment. 

      Instead they spend time on unimportant issues that take place in Early Childhood Centers, leaving students unfulfilled. These students move on into the Elementary School System unprepared. Some of these students never make it to college because they were not given the foundation that they deserved. As this is the worst scenario of a situation. The point that I am trying to make is, do what you do because you love it, not because it is a way to make money, because there are young students depending on your expertise to succeed. When you fail them, it can cost them not only a wonderful early childhood experience, but their education and future.

       Here are a few important facts from the article that I mentioned above. “Welcome to Indiana, where you need more training in your field to become a plumber, an electrician, a union carpenter, a medical assistant or even a corporate business manager, etc., than you need to become a teacher or an administrator of our future, our students!” 12 units of Early Childhood Education is not enough in my opinion, and it looks like Carlyle Edwards agree.  

     Each student who does not graduate from high school costs the government an estimated $240,000 in lost tax revenue over a lifetime (40-year career). This comes out to $6,000 per year. This does not include increased costs of welfare, health care and criminal justice.

Guess Commentary: How can we not afford Early Childhood Education

Ms. Darla <3

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