In the November/December edition of Exchange magazine, Lori Ryan and Rebecca Kantor write a response to research summarized by Alison Gerlach and Diana Elliot, offering suggestions to help early childhood professionals work successfully with families from diverse communities. Ryan and Kantor explain:
"In our view, the most important approach that is foundational to all others is having a disposition of an ‘open learner’ with an authentic curiosity about the families and children in our classroom or caseload. Families can sense if we as professionals truly want to know who they are, and what they bring to the educational partnership (including their unique characteristics, strengths and challenges) or if we have come to ‘fix’ them, make them fit our western, middle class ways of being, which then implicitly communicates their ways as inferior."
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Nice reminder! Thank you for sharing this "open mind" and curious process in working with families. Where and why is it that we lose that natural curious nature from our childhood?