Early Childhood Education

If all of those well-meaning and loving parents from the article I linked previously quit the idiotic committees on how improve schools and went home to be with their kids, that would have a dramatically positive effect on the kids.

A mom who is folding laundry while the kids are pottering around with their toys at her feet is doing a million times more for their brain development than the mom sitting at the stupid committee.

I’m not saying this as a layperson but as somebody with an exotically long background in pedagogy and early childhood education. I grew up in a family of pedagogues and started reading books on early childhood development at six. Seriously, that’s what I did. The books were all samizdat because they were illegal in the USSR. I perceived these books that were typewritten, hidden in secret places, and passed from hands to hands by whispering adults as something extremely fascinating, so I devoured them.

Children need their parents to just be there. Not doing anything in particular, hanging out, shooting the breeze. That’s what develops children’s brains and not committees on diversity, “integrated schools” of after-hours school programs.

3 thoughts on “Early Childhood Education”

  1. “Children need their parents to just be there. Not doing anything in particular, hanging out, shooting the breeze. That’s what develops children’s brains…”

    Thank you for this. I always feel a bit anxious that I’m not “actively parenting” my kids more, whatever that shit means. When I see how much my female colleagues do to influence their kids education, how focused they are on the choice of coursework and friends and afterschool activities, I feel I’m being a parenting underachiever. But then I remember it’s not about me; it’s about the kids, who are their own people. Hubs and I low-key hang out with them throughout the day, otherwise they pursue their own interests, and they seem to be relaxed and happy. Honestly, they have had the time of their lives during the quarantine.

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    1. Exactly!! This is perfectly put. Kids aren’t props in our performance of engaged parenting. They are human beings who need to be let to just exist, without serving a purpose all the time.

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