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Discussion replies to peers – two classes


Class 1: Discussion – Fair or Equal?

Rebe james- The goal as an early childhood educator is to help all the children develop and grow so they are ready higher levels of education. To be fair in an educational setting, it means that the educator is ensuring that everyone gets what they need. So, in this regard it is fair for children with exceptional needs to get the proper accommodations and adaptations to ensure that they able to get the same educational chances as the children. Children with exceptional needs need accommodations and adaptations to ensure that the educator is firstly respecting the parents’ beliefs in the classrooms, and secondly to ensure that they are provided with the chance to learn in an educational setting without being suspended or expelled. “When you work with exceptional children, you are going to experience multiple failures and success with each individual. Although it is very important to celebrate the success you have with a specific student, it is equally important to maintain a mindset of continual growth when your ideas don’t result in achievement with the next student. Find joy in the fact that all exceptional children have diverse needs, and your variety attempts to meet them is essential to your success as an educator.” (Hayden, 2017) This shows how each child needs the chance to prove themselves and it shows that it is important that we provide them with them. We need to make each child feel safe in our environment, but we also need to provide them with the ability to develop and grow. Everything should not be equal because equal means that everyone gets the same thing regardless of their needs. Children with exceptional needs need different accommodations to help the grow and develop. Such as a child who is blind, if we are equal, they won’t be able to learn, because we as educators won’t be able to get them braille or the proper equipment to ensure that they don’t injure themselves and they are able to learn. I didn’t really have a perspective on “fair” or “equal” because I don’t work in an educational setting.

Missi johnson- To answer this question, it is really important to understand the difference between fair and equal. In my words, fair is when you treat someone according to what they need and equal is when you treat everyone the same. This is a really tough question because I don’t think you can apply it to all situations. There are definitely some situations where everyone should be treated equally. For example, much has been made about how women should have the same opportunities as men. I fully agree with this and this, to me, is an example of when people should be treated equally. On the flip side, children with special needs should not get a “one size fits all” type of accommodation just so that they are all treated equally. The changes made for them need to be individualized after going through the Planning Cycle. An educator must realize that these changes should be made to the learning environment and the curriculum based on each child’s needs. If a classroom has to make accommodations and adaptations for a special needs child, this is necessary to help the child learn and reach their potential. Every child should be provided a “level playing field” and this may mean different methods for different children. I do feel that this is fair, but I also think it is important to make sure that the children who learn in a more traditional way do not get forgotten. It is still important to engage and interact with them and remember that they have needs too. To me, the bottom line is, there are situations where everything should be equal, but in the case of a child with exceptional needs, being fair is absolutely essential to help the child achieve the best outcomes. 

Class 2- Discussion – More than “Babysitters”

Jenni brown- Babysitting is going to someones house and playing with their kids. As I tell the babysitters I hire for my children. Keep them alive and don’t let them burn the house down. All I ask for them is to not let them do any harm to each other or the house. Early childhood educators are teachers, we are teachers who are helping young children to develop, learn and be ready for a life of learning. I feel one major thing that we need to do to increase the professionalism of early childhood educators is pay, unfortunately this is unlikely to happen unless all early childhood centers become subsided by the government. ( debate for a different day). The only other option is raising childcare prices which are already more than most mortgages. Another way to increase the professionalism is to encourage for all centers to be high quality and require for their staff to have higher education in the field of early childhood education. Professionalizing the ECE field is important because we are truly the start of a Childs educational career. My daughters 2nd grade is lightyears different from when I was in 2nd grade and early childhood educators are needed to start the learning and ensure all children are developing in a way to best help them learn.

Aamy luke- Babysitting is defined as caring for a child or children for a brief period of time while the parents are absent, usually occurring in the home of the family. (Babysitter, 2022)

An early childhood professional has the personal characteristics, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide programs that facilitate children’s learning. (Crosby, 2018) Early childhood professionals are trained and educated in child development and what it takes to provide high-quality care and learning experiences.

 A daycare provider is more dedicated and reliable in the kids’ care while in a child care program. Babysitters are not as likely to care about the quality of the care they offer because they are not professionals and only with children for a short time period.

We can continue to increase professionalism in our field by continued professional development and growth in the critical aspects of the standards for early childhood educators. They are:

Personal Characteristics

Commitment to Ethical Standards

Being caring, empathetic, respecting others, being trustworthy

Communication, relationship skills, work, and professional ethics.

The benefits of professionalization in early childhood education apply to children, workers, and society as a whole. Young children learn more from well-trained and well-compensated educators and from less turnover among teachers. Children that take part in early childhood education programs gain social skills and do better in school. They learn essential life skills that they carry throughout their life. Most importantly, early childhood programs are places where children have fun in a safe and loving environment.

(Early Childhood Education, 2020)