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for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The National Association for the Education of Young (NAEYC)
certification is required for all Head Start centers with more than
twenty children. NAEYC created the Council for Professional Recognition,
which grants the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential for
childcare workers. The CDA is supported by TEACH. TEACH
started in North Carolina and stands for Teacher Education and
Compensation Helps. The program gives wage supports and
scholarships to childcare workers so that they can obtain the CDA.
The CDA and NAEYC s childcare and preschool accreditation policy
requires use of NAEYCs radical anti-bias curriculum.
Anti-bias Curriculum - Tools
for Empowering Young Children
(Derman-Sparkes, NAEYC, Washington, D.C., 1989)
- Definition of Whites: All the different national ethnic
groups of European origin who as a group are disproportionately
represented in the control of the economic, political, and cultural
institutions in the United States. (p. 3)
- Kay sets up...a 'witch-healer' table, where the
children can make their own potions. (p. 9)
- And if the hypothetical Indians who participated in
that hypothetical feast thought all was well and were thankful in the
expectation of a peaceful future, they were sadly mistaken. (pp.
- Definition of Homophobia: A fear and hatred of gay men
and lesbians backed up by institutional policies and power that
discriminate against them. (p. 3)
Activism with Young Children:
- ...the purpose of these activities is to enable
preschoolers to develop a clear, healthy sex identity through
understanding that their being a girl or boy depends on their anatomy,
not on what they like to do. (p. 53)
- Make copies of an outline of a body as drawn by a preschooler, and
in small groups, ask children to fill in all the body parts, and to show
if the person is a girl or boy. (p. 53)
That chapter on activism is inspired
an entire book called That's not Fair! - A Teacher's Guide to Activism
with Young Children, which is also distributed by NAEYC. (Pelo and
Davidson, Redleaf Press, St. Paul, MN, 2000)
- Young children have an impressive capacity for learning
how to be activists if adults provide activities that are relevant and
developmentally appropriate. (;. 77)
- Instead of one superhuman figure (usually a white male) righting
wrongs all by himself, activism activities teach that real people, adults
and children, make life better by working together. (p.
One part of the curriculum describes a teacher reading books to the
children in order to bring up big issues, issues that provoke debate,
discussion, and often, activism project.
The book goes on to describe the teacher's reading of a book
called the Trumpet of the Swan and how she uses it to deal with the issue
of homosexuality. (p. 50-51)
- The second part of the book focuses on the swan's
courtship and mating. When Ann reads the book, she changes the
gender of the main character from a male to a female swan. When the
main character is a female, her courtship of another female swan becomes
the story of two women falling in love. This invariably provokes
conversation among the children about women marrying women and men
marrying men. It's important to Ann that children feel comfortable
around people who are lesbian and gay. She wants children to expect
to meet people who are lesbian and gay and to feel relaxed and at ease
with them. When Ann reads this book, the kids already care about
Louise the swan by the time she begins to court Serina, her true
love. They can't easily dismiss her or ignore her, because they are
invested in her life and her happiness.
Another part of the book describes what happens when a teacher
is out on a walk with the children and sees the Blue Angels preparing for
an air show. She tells the children that they are bombing planes
and then has them return to school and write their feelings regarding
what they saw. Here is a sample of what they wrote (p. 106):
Teaching a Marxist view of class
- They drew pictures of planes with Xs through them: This is a
crossed off bombing plane. They drew bomb factories labeled No.
Ann wrote down their messages: Blue Angels stop. Respect our
words Blue Angels. Respect kids words. Dont kill
people. This is a book to tell you, Stop Blue Angels.
Dont kill anyone. If you blow up our city, we wont be happy
about it. And our whole city will be destroyed. And if you
blow up my favorite library, I wont be happy because there are some good
books there I havent read yet.
NAEYCs views on diversity and multiculturalism are
evident in their publication Valuing Diversity: The Primary
Teaching there is no right or wrong:
This organizations relativist approach to conflict resolution
that has no standards of right and wrong is evidenced in this chart.
NAEYC then applies this philosophy to teach pacifism with the following
- After hearing early news about the fighting in the 1991
Gulf War, a four-year-old who practices conflict resolution at home and
school remarked, They should have used their words! p.
The effort to indoctrinate children into environmentalist
thinking is evident in the following quote:
- When should environmental education begin-in the third
grade; first grade; kindergarten? Even earlier. Environmental education
based on life experiences should begin during the very earliest years of
life. Such experiences play a critical role in shaping life-long
attitudes, values, and patterns of behavior toward natural environments.
(Tilbury, 1994; Wilson, 1994 as quoted in Wilson, Clearinghouse for
Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education, June 2003)
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