JAMA study points to children under five being major carriers of COVID-19

In Jared Diamond’s book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed he discusses a psychological response called the dam effect. To summarize people under the dam are the surest it won’t fail, even with insurmountable evidence staring at them in the face, because they live under the dam and if it fails they die, …

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The Perfect Storm that threatens to sink us: The legacy of slavery, anti-blackness, and why childcare is open during a pandemic

The legacy of slavery is why not only is childcare one of the lowest paid fields, but it is also why it’s still open for business during pandemic. Legacy of slavery childcare and COVID-19 Childcare in the United States has been traditionally viewed as enslaved women’s work. Black women’s work. “Black women’s main jobs historically …

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Stop using Black and Latinx children as trials for COVID19 Safety Measures

In a Chalkbeat article, “Can Newark reopen schools safely? Summer pilot program offers a trial run,” Newark Teacher Union (NTU) President John Abeigo stated he proposed the idea of running a trial in Newark Public Schools. No one asked Abeigo to do this, he and the union came up with the idea on their own. …

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The racial and class undertones of having childcare open during a pandemic

Dearest colleagues, who work directly with children in the field of early childhood education, I am sorry. I apologize for the leaders in our field who advocated for you to risk your lives for minimal pay under the guise of social justice, but in reality, were just advocating to sacrifice you to the gods (and …

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Happy Juneteenth! Support the Black English of the grandchildren of the US South in your classrooms

Happy Juneteenth! Support the Black English of the grandchildren of the US South in your classrooms. Juneteenth and Black English “The nonlinear relation between AAE (African American English) use and language and emergent literacy skills, coupled with systematic differences in AAE use across contexts, indicates that some preschoolers may be dialect switching between AAE and …

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Don’t Censor Black Girlhood, The Bluest Eye is a middle grade book

It is 2020 and once again Toni Morrison’s book, The Bluest Eye has been banned, this time in California by the Colton USD. When I was a 10-years-old I read Judy Blume’s Dear God It’s Me Margaret.  While it is a book that is frequently challenged by school districts, it is a book that most …

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Teachers are not afraid of Black children

In my 15 years of classroom experience, I’ve never met a 4-year-old that frightened me enough to suspend or call the police. In early childhood education, we need to reject narratives that justify anti-Black actions in the classroom and on the playground. We need to reject the false narrative of the white (and sometimes Black) …

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The difference between preschool and childcare

The differences between preschool and childcare are much deeper than the amount of time spent there and location. The differences are rooted in race, socioeconomic class, and gender. “During the 19th and early 20th centuries, two tiers of early childhood programs evolved in the United States. One tier, rooted in the social welfare system, was …

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