EPISODE 142: What If Everybody Understood Child Development? [PODCAST]

Rae Pica is joining a cacophony of voices calling the US national standards for kindergarteners as “developmentally inappropriate” and “unrealistic.” In her new book, What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children's Lives, Rae shares a composite of opinions and research that gives voice to the children being pushed to learn. In this fear-based DO IT NOW mentality being pushed on parents and educators, it is a voice of reason and authenticity you'll hear.

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In episode #142 of Every Classroom Matters, I sit down with Rae Pica to hear her thoughts on early childhood standards and what is happening in early childhood education today. You can follow her on @BodyMindChild on Twitter.

With more than 90 math and reading standards including the REQUIREMENT that all children read at the end of kindergarten, these standards may not only be unrealistic but harmful to children.

There is no #stuchat twitter chat for kindergarteners to voice their concerns about what is happening to them. The megaphone for children must be the adults who listen and pay rapt attention to their condition. Many of us have a unique perspective of working with children over a period of time. We know if things are leveling up or sinking. It is our job to speak out when we see injustice. 

I believe someone reading this post is uniquely positioned to be the voice for children – in fact, you may already be. Are you bravely speaking up and speaking out? Is this your calling? Then, dear friend, this is your wake-up call.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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