Reflecting back on the models presented and the discussions, what are the two points that you will take from the class and think that you will apply to your future work with children? Use the comment box to enter your response or respond some a classmate’s post. Please respond by Monday, May 11.
I have really enjoyed working with you all this semester and hope you have a wonderful summer.–Mary Ann
The video that I watched from the Heckman Equation was, “The Essential Growth Strategy: Investing in Early Childhood Education.” This video was extremely interesting and explained the benefits of teaching our children early in life. Children need experiences socially and emotionally to be able to develop and participate in the world. Our society needs people that are developed fully socially and emotionally, and allowing children to have experiences developing early on is only beneficial for the future of our society. Families and schools have to work together to produce these skills that are essential for children to grow and develop. What everyone needs to realize is that the skills children need and often learned before they even enter the schooling system and begin during early childhood.
The paper I read was, “Early Childhood Investments Substantially Boost Adult Health.” This paper talked about the later effects of stimulating early childhood environments on adults. The Carolina Abecedarian Project was a social experiment designed to see if early childhood environments could prevent the development of mild mental retardation. The benefits of stimulating environments are consistent with adult health later in life. Early childhood programs can make a huge difference in the lives of many children that may be subject to disadvantages.
The article I chose to read was “The Case for Investing in Disadvantaged Young Children.” It talks about the different reasons we as a society should invest in early interventions for disadvantaged children. “Currently, public policy in the United States and many other countries focuses on promoting and measuring cognitive ability through IQ and achievement tests. A focus on achievement test scores ignores important non-cognitive factors that promote success in school and life.” Over the past 40 years, family environments have deteriorated which stresses early interventions to improve cognitive, socio-emotional abilities, and health for these children. Children who experience early interventions in the preschool years show higher performance rates than those who receive later interventions. Early interventions promote schooling, reduce crime, foster workforce productivity, reduce teenage pregnancy, promote economic efficiency, and reduce lifetime inequality. Learn more at: http://heckmanequation.org/content/resource/early-childhood-investments-substantially-boost-adult-health