The Passion for Early Childhood:
My passion is to make sure all students were taught in environments and ways that truly nutured their ability to grow and develop to their fullest potential.
Teachers have to figure out who they are and find their voice. – Louise Derman-Sparks
I’m not here to save the world. I’m here just to make a difference …
– Raymond Hernandez
It’s not about you. It’s what’s best for this child.
– Renatta M. Cooper
When I think of the word passion and the meaning to the word passion, what comes to mind are what are my values, what are my beliefs, what are the ideas that lead me to action, what do I do so naturally that perhaps seems natural to me but may be challenging to others? What’s in my heart?
The Passion for Early Childhood [Course Media]. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://class.waldenu. edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=_2_1&url=%2Fwebapps%2Fblackbo ard%2Fexecute%2Flauncher%3Ftype%3DCourse%26id%3D_1342559_1%26url%3D
The equitable approach is to honor diversity and seek to understand what culturally sensitive care means for each family to be served. To meet such a goal, professionals have to establish close communication with families and work together with them toward positive outcomes for their children’s identity, sense of belonging, and cultural competence.
Difference cannot be negotiated until understanding is reached.
Gonzalez-Mena, J. (2001). Cross-cultural Infant Care and Issues of Equity and Social Justice. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood 2(3) doi: 10.2304/ciec.2001.2.3.8
Jean Marc Gaspard Itard
Here is a subnormal boy who has lacked civilizing experience. If I give him this experience, he will become normal.
The isolated and simultaneous action of our senses exerts a powerful influence upon the formation and development of our ideas.
Lieberman, L. M. (1982). Itard: The Great Problem Solver. Journal Of Learning Disabilities, 15(9) Retrieved from http://ldx.sagepub.com/