Archive for the 'Pretend & Real Violence' Category

Talking to Young Children about Newtown

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

I listen to the news about the tragedy, in Newtown, CT, with many complex emotions—deep sadness for the children and families, deep distress that another tragedy like there could happen, anger that guns are so readily available in this country, and much, much more. But one thing I’ve been hearing does hearten me—the fact that […]

A Lesson from Northern Ireland for Secretary Duncan: If You Want Success in School, Young Children Need Quality Play, Not Direct Instruction and Tests

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Dear Secretary Duncan, I am writing to voice my concerns about the deeply misguided route down which you are taking early childhood education in the United States. I feel this more strongly now than ever having just returned from Belfast, Northern Ireland, where I took Wheelock College students on a service learning program looking at […]