Diversity in Preschool and Elementary Years
A program for teacher education at Northwestern University specifically focuses on diversity:
Preparing Teachers for Diversity
|Above table and discussion were copied from|
"Socioeconomic Diversity and Early Learning: The Missing Link in Policy for High-Quality Preschools"
Reid started the chapter with a quote from Steffani Allen, director of early childhood education in Norman, Oklahoma (the state in the US that is considered to have the best preschools in the country):
“We know that each child brings different strengths, styles, and experiences into the mix, and that sparks cognitive growth. The diversity in experience and knowledge among the children naturally creates a larger scaffolding for learning, expanding a child’s base of knowledge and problem-solving skills. That’s why so many of us believed so strongly in the concept of universal preschool, instead of just targeting kids based on need. We recognized that if you put peers together in a classroom—all at-risk or all wealthy, all black or all white—you would automatically limit their experience and their learning.”In the Philippines, Aquino's "universal kindergarten" captures the need to provide basic education to all:
What Aquino and the education policy makers in the Philippines had missed, however, is the fact that quality early childhood education is not as trivial as requiring all children to attend kindergarten. Quality education requires so much more than just a law.