An NAEYC Online Event
Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards responded to questions and comments December 6–10, 2010. Read the questions and the authors' responses below!
It is important to remember that it is not human differences that undermine children’s development but rather unfair, hurtful treatment based upon those differences.
Early childhood teachers want each child in their care to feel powerful and competent. They strive to welcome every child and to show respect to each family as best they know how. However, beyond individual teachers’ hopes, beliefs, and actions is a society that has built advantage and disadvantage into our many institutions and systems.
- How does living in a highly diverse and inequitable (unjust) society affect children’s development?
- What do children in a diverse but inequitable society need to grow up healthy and strong?
- What do early childhood educators (and families) need in order to respond to this challenge?
— Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards