Squandering America's Future: Why ECE Policy Matters for Equality, Our Economy, and Our Children

Squandering America's Future: Why ECE Policy Matters for Equality, Our Economy, and Our Children


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ISBN-13: 9780807756706
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 06/19/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Public Equivalent of Love David L. Kirp xi

Acknowledgments xv

Prologue 1

Policy Tales 2

Urie Bronfenbrenner and His Russian Dolls 4

My Own Narrative 5

A Sneak Preview of the Book 6

1 In the Beginning 11

Growing the Garden of Human Capital 12

Toward a Socially Just Economy 13

The Dance of Development 16

Homeland Insecurity with Maximum Stress 18

A Malnourished Human Ecosystem 21

Failing Our Families, the Nation's Wealth Producers 24

Paid Leave: Chimera or Policy Whose Time Has Come 26

Let's Blame It on the Parents 28

Take the Load Off Families 31

Changemaker: Terrie Rose 33

2 Elusive Equity and the American Dream 36

A Dream Morphs into a Nightmare 37

Whither Thou Goest, Opportunity? 38

In the Gap: A Reality Check 40

Tectonic Shifts in the American Landscape 42

Racing to Advance Racial Equity 43

Free to Be You and Me, and Succeed in the USA 45

Expanding the Expectations We Hold 47

A Noble Experiment in a Tale of Two Cities 48

Changemaker: Talina Jones 52

3 Adrift in the Age of Teacher Effectiveness 55

A Workforce Under Siege 56

The Uncharted Seas of Effectiveness 57

Just Babysitting 59

Mother-Teachers on a Worthy Mission 61

The Very Model of the Perfect, Modern Early Childhood Educator 64

Challenged to Care 66

Leaders at the Conference Table 68

Changemaker: Jessica Sager 72

4 The Yin and Yang of Education Reform 75

Tinkering Toward Utopia 76

Ready or Not, Here They Come 78

In the Quicksand of Expectations 81

Taking the Temperature of Testing with Doomed Resignation 81

Head Start's High-Stakes Gambit 86

Play Is Not a Four-Letter Word 87

In the Heights of High-Stakes Accountability 91

Changemaker: Ericka Guynes 93

5 Profiles in System Building 96

Back to the Future: Still Chaotic After All These Years? 97

Determining the DNA 98

A Long and Winding Road to Quality 100

The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval 101

Visionary Ideal Meets Realpolitik 104

A Budget for Children of the Storm 106

Changemaker: Gerrit Westervelt 108

6 The Machine in the Garden 111

Bombarded by Screens 112

Families in Terra Incognita 113

The Slow Process of Evidence Gathering 115

Policymaking on Analog Time 116

Losing a Human Kind of Learning 118

Early Educators in the Digital Wild West 121

Professional Development Goes Viral 124

Toward a Third Way 125

Changemaker: Kristin Eno 127

Notes 131

Index 164

About the Author 174

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