Professional Hopes and Goals

As I professional mt hopes in reference to working with children and families who come from diverse backgrounds in early education is that we make diverse learning a part of the school year round. I would like for diverse learning to be apart of everyday class development and not on holiday or not just we get a student from a different background.

One goal I would like to set for the early childhood field related to issues of diversity, equity, and social justice is to bring awareness to the things that are done correctly and the things that are done incorrectly.  In hopes of fostering change.

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Welcoming Families From Around the World

As Early childhood teacher, I just received word that the child of a family who has recently emigrated from a country I know nothing about will join my group soon.  I  want to prepare myself to welcome the child and her family so I first start with researching Uganda.

I first Spoke with the parents and we spoke about the thing that could possibly make this transition easy. The student parents explain that the student can speak both English and Swahili, however, she would enjoy teaching the other student her language. They also explained that the student love book and music.

  1. The students and I prepare ourselves by first learning how to say “HELLO” in her language. We discover that the language one may speak in Uganda is Swahili.
  2. Hello in Swahili is hujambo
  3. Good Bye in Swahili is Kwaheri
  4. Welcome in Swahili is Karibu
  5. Next, the student decided to color pictures of the Uganda flag.
  6. We added books about Uganda to our reading and quiet area
  7. We also added fabric and food  from Uganda to our art and dramatic play area
  8. We also added picture around the room that represented Uganda customs music, art, fashion, people, language, and symbols.
  9. We also explore Uganda Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbdcKmx8nNg
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The Personal Side of Bias, Prejudice, and Oppression

I have have been a victim of prejudice and it left me feeling very cold and hurt on the inside.  This is not something that I like to share because I want to think that prejudice is not real.  With a company that I worked with in the past, I found the thoughts and opinions of African American people were not warmly received as thoughts and opinions of others unless it brought the individual gain.  Many times I thought that the rude interruptions or the overlooks of hand or smart remark were just a part of this director behavior. Yet I  notice that this was a pattern when people of a different race spoke.  There was a moment when I asked a question and received a very vague answer and as I walked away, the statement was made that ” they don’t really understand “, their manager does everything for them.  That statement made me feel really bad, I was laded and judge from people that knew nothing about my work ethics. I felt like I was grouped with people of poor work ethic based on the color of my skin.

Practicing Awareness of Microaggressions

Being that I would in the community I find that in the workplace, day-to-day line among co-workers and the people we serve includes an extensive variety of makeups and many different levels of dialogue.  But what I often notice is that those conversations drift toward stereotyping– and in specific, the inconspicuous kind.  An example of what I heard recently is a comment directed to an articulate African American young man, foolishly suggesting it rare for a young man of color to be well-spoken.

Another comment was made to a European young lady of the reality of racism, i.e. foolishly suggesting that she is wrong or silly in thinking someone is discriminating against her and thus implying that such bias does not exist based on her skin tone.

Perspectives on Diversity and Culture

The setting in which I ask about culture and diversity was in a group setting. This group setting was very diverse. The first person responded saying that culture is what you learn, how you live and what you think and beliefs.  He also explained that diversity is simply the differences in what we do and how we do it.

The next person explained that she thought it was based on who you are the family culture in which you grew up in ” mainly your race”. She didn’ t think it had anything to do with food or beliefs. Diversity to here is the difference between one person or thing.

The last person felt once’s culture is how they live and has nothing to do with race. He felt it is the everyday patterns a family or community create. He felt that diversity is the differences in those patterns of lifestyle between individual people.

 

It is very clear that we all few culture and diversity in many different ways.  As we talk more about culture and diversity it showed how most people beliefs were grounded from their  upbringing.  Many people in the group made reference to the thoughts and beliefs of their parents or grandparents. However as the topic expanded many students started to realize how their beliefs had changed over time and differed from the past learning.

My Family Culture

Imagine the following:

A major catastrophe has almost completely devastated the infrastructure of your country. The emergency government has decided that the surviving citizens will be best served if they are evacuated to other countries willing to take refugees. You and your immediate family are among the survivors of this catastrophic event. However, you have absolutely no input into the final destination or in any other evacuation details. You are told that your host country’s culture is completely different from your own and that you might have to stay there permanently. You are further told that, in addition to one change of clothes, you can only take 3 small items with you. You decide to take three items that you hold dear and that represent your family culture.

  • A description of the three items you would choose
    • Bible  
    • My journal
    • My  life skills curriculum 
  • How you would explain to others what each of these items means to you
    • Bible-  My family was built on the belief of a higher power
    • My journal-   It has family pictures and letters from my family
    • My life skills curriculum – Because it’s something I have worked on for years
  • Your feelings if, upon arrival, you were told that you could only keep one personal item and have to give up the other two items you brought with you
    • I think I would feel town, maybe heartbroken only because I feel the three things I choose are very valuable to me. Being that I felt everything else in my life I can find a way to replace. 
  • Any insights you gained about yourself, your family culture, diversity, and/or cultural differences in general, as a result of this exercise,
    • As a result of this exercise, I was able to explore the things that were really valuable to myself and family culture.

Blog Assignment Week 5: Research around the World

 

What are some of the current international research topics?

The area I decided to explore was Germany, I found attendance at nursery school ( Kindergarten) is voluntary in Germany and parents are required to pay a fee. However, in some western areas of Germany, there aren’t nearly enough nursery school places available to meet demand. Due to the long waiting lists, some parents enroll their children at birth to ensure a place once the children get old enough.

What surprising facts/insights/new ideas about early childhood did you gain from exploring this international early childhood website?

I also found because of the low number of childcare program parents aren’t able to work and because of that at one point In 2013, Germany declared that every child over the age of 1 has the legal right to space in a public daycare facility. This past fall, while America’s election unfolded, Germany’s highest court took this mandate one step further: It ruled that parents may sue for lost wages if they can’t find a place for their child in a public daycare center. This decision came in response to three mothers who filed a lawsuit declaring that authorities neglected to create the necessary daycare slots required by the 2013 ruling. Because the mothers couldn’t find a child-care center with any openings in their hometown of Leipzig, their lawyers argued that they were unable to return to work after giving birth, resulting in a loss of earnings.

Because of the shortage in early development program, parents enroll their children at birth to ensure a place for their child, most parent struggle to pay for childcare due to limited space.

What have been done The Commission has set out the priorities for early childhood education and care – with the aim of improving access to and the quality of services from birth to the start of compulsory schooling

What other noteworthy information did I find on this website?

This site also spoke about next steps and plans for 2020.

  • By 2020 at least 95% of pre-school children of 4 years or older should participate in early childhood education. Countries’ improvements in relation to the target are monitored on a yearly basis
  • EU countries are currently developing methods to monitor the quality of early childhood schooling and care. These efforts are coordinated by the Thematic Working Groups for Schools policy

Reference:

http://ec.europa.eu/education/policy/school/early-childhood_en