Early Childhood Studies – a Global Perspective

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Professional Hopes and Goals

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The issues of diversity, equity and social justice permeate in our societies as remnants of the historical experiences of racism, classism, religionism and genderism among many others are deeply rooted in traditions, practices, and systems in our society. These have formed personal, familial and community cultures that come in harmony or conflict with each other. The awareness about these issues comes in different levels – with some cognizant than the others, partially un/conscious, or completely unmindful. Not being able to address these could negatively impact both the advantaged and the disadvantaged. By dwelling mainly on the majority and power cultures strips those who are perceived weak the right to assert their beliefs and practices and become visible in the society. On the other hand, those in the dominant end lose the opportunity to see wider perspectives, and learn from the strengths that others have.

As an early childhood educator, it is my hope that the foundation of injustice, bias and prejudice be uprooted from the system through the hope-718703_1280education of the young children. Educating them encompasses a culturally relevant and critical pedagogy that would not only respect their cultures, but also sustain the desire to preserve their cultures while incorporating those of others. As well, a curriculum that would help the young child understand the whole picture of diversity as they relate to equity and social justice is liberation from potential oppression. Working with children and their families is a step forward to raise consciousness that could impact their thinking and precepts. These children who would develop an awareness of diversity and equity would be the future adults who could re-shape the systems that are now embedded in our society.

The early childhood field must continue to be vigilant in guarding the signs of bias, prejudice, and injustice in any setting. Anyone involved inforward-476100_1280 the early childhood education must have a self-awareness of ethical practices that would enable them to work effectively with children and families coming from diverse abilities, classes, cultures, and backgrounds. Systems must be in place so that every individual who works for and with children have the knowledge and understanding of what it takes to educate a whole child within his or her context.

Personal stories and insights shared by colleagues have expanded my awareness of diversity, equity, and injustice. The lens shared by many chalkboard-620316_1280provided a bigger picture of these issues. I was able to see beyond the narrow scope of my perspective. Realizing that although individuals including myself have suffered from different forms of indignities continue to rise from adversity and persist in changing the system that hurts many brings hope that one day, fairness, justice and equity will be fully achieved.

Reference:

Hyland, N. E. (2010). Social justice in early childhood classrooms: What the research tells us. YC: Young Children65(1), 82–87. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/docview/197637742/fulltextPDF?accountid=14872

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Author: pamcee70

My name is Pam Castillo. I have been in the field of education for 24 years now. Although I have taught some levels in grade school, I have spent most of my years teaching children aged two to six years old. I am always amazed by the interactions I have every day with children. In an environment where children feel safe, they are confident to explore and make discoveries. These experiences prepare them for the bigger challenges in the future. I feel privileged to be a part of the learning journey of these young children especially if they still come to see me and reminisce the years we worked together.

3 thoughts on “Professional Hopes and Goals

  1. Pam,

    I too, have learned so much from listening and reading the experiences of others! I especially enjoyed the videos because it felt like “real” conversations from the people.

    I hope that we are able to have more classes together in the future! 🙂

    -Siera

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  2. Hi Pam
    You have a strong passion for equal treatment for young children. I also hope that injustice, biasness, and prejudices will be uprooted. It would be to our benefit if it would. Let’s just keep the hope for it as we practice justice right in our classrooms.
    Take Care, and keep fighting for children.
    Your Colleague Darlene Thomas

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  3. I agree that every educator should not be bias or prejudice towards any student but unfortunately that is not the case and I sadly believe that will never change. There are a lot of teachers with a lot of different personalities and a lot of different ways that these teachers were brought up. It is hard to change when you are being raised to be bias or was already around such negative people. There is always hope though and I believe the far majority of educators will always do their best to get the students to reach their educational goals. Good Post…

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