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Teaching Love as the Core Early Childhood Curriculum
July 19, 2021
One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.
-Paulo Coelho
Ashley Montagu (1905 – 1999) was an anthropologist who popularized the study of topics such as race, gender, culture and child care. One of his articles, "Friendship – Loving: What Early Childhood Education is All About" is included in the Art of Leadership book, Cultivating Curriculum in Early Childhood OrganizationsHere’s an excerpt:

"Love is the supreme form of human connection. In the hierarchy of needs, love stands as the supreme developing agent of the humanity of the person. As such, the teaching of love should be the central core of all early childhood curriculum – with all other subjects growing naturally out of such teaching."

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Tiffany Peckham · July 20, 2021
Lincoln, Nebraska, Australia

Francis, I love your comment! It is difficult to measure love even though we shouldn't be doing things just for measurements. Good thought!

Joyce, thank you for your comment and insight on this topic.

-Tiffany at Exchange

Francis Wardle · July 19, 2021
Center for the Study of Biracial Children
Denver, Colorado, United States

While I totally agree with this view, I bet you can't find love in any state early childhood standards, or NAEYC curriculum guides and plans. After all, love is not measurable!

We have moved so far away from our roots when it comes to what we should be doing. The central tenants of our field are love and human relationships; not curricular, standards, accountability, and assessment!

Joyce Kinney · July 19, 2021
Omaha, Nebraska, United States

Love this concept. I'm wondering about resources for accomplishing this. I can think of several but the word "love" isn't included in the why's of using specific strategies such as the Pyramid. Are we afraid of talking specifically about love?

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