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Is there a connection between the “Occupy Wall Street” movement and our schools? As an early educator I read with interest an October 19 Op-Ed piece in the New York Times that a friend and fellow educator sent me.  The article, by Nicholas D. Kristof, is titled “Occupy the ...

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Can Early Education Benefit from "Occupy Wall Street?"

Posted by: Connie McCarthy on Oct 24, 2011 in Teachers, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy


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Is there a connection between the “Occupy Wall Street” movement and our schools?

As an early educator I read with interest an October 19 Op-Ed piece in the New York Times that a friend and fellow educator sent me.  The article, by Nicholas D. Kristof, is titled “Occupy the Classroom.” It states the case for diminishing the inequalities between “have” and “have-not” Americans by closing the early childhood education gap.

For me, it clearly voiced what I have always felt about the value of early education.

Why do we wait for formal education to start at age five, when so much of a young child’s developing mind is ready to learn in those first five years of life?  Why not invest in readiness for school success?

The leaders of our country have always talked a good game about “our children being our future,” but have these words been supported with real economic commitment?

I, for one, would much rather see my tax dollars spent on programs to help all young children develop essential skills.

Children don’t vote.  They have no economic power.  It’s up to us to make the right decisions for them and their future.

So yes, I definitely see a connection between what’s happening on Wall Street and in our country’s educational system. 

Wouldn’t you agree that investing in our children’s early education would yield a high return?

Click here to read Kristof’s entire column. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

 

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