On July 26, in ExchangeEveryDay, we posed this question to the early childhood field: Are we afraid to talk about love?
The ensuing conversation in the comments section was rich and valuable. We want to keep that conversation going with a new Exchange Reflections called, "Love as the Core Curriculum." Based on an article by distinguished anthropologist and social biologist, Ashley Montagu, this
Reflections contains a wealth of material that would be so beneficial for early childhood practitioners to discuss together.
Montagu makes statements such as:
"The principal qualification for an early childhood teacher should be the ability to love," and
"An early childhood program with friendship as its core curriculum can enable children in its care to reach their full potential."
And here are examples of the questions the Reflections urges groups or individuals to ponder:
"What responsibilities do you believe early childhood practitioners have for fostering friendships among children?
Is it possible to include love in a ‘curriculum?’ Can, or should, an early childhood program be evaluated on how loving it is?"
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Patricia and Carol, thank you for taking the time to respond. I *love* hearing about the ways you view and interpret love within ECE and the world.
-Tiffany at Exchange
I just read a daily reflection that I get from Dynamic Catholic that says, "Love itself starts with the desire for something good," Fulton J Sheen
I think many of us enter the field of early care and education because we have the desire to bring good into children's lives. When we start with this desire, we do bring love to the children in our care. In my mind that is teaching them about love and supports a friendship kind of curriculum.
Every action, every thought, every discussion, every movement to be authentic and real must have love at its core.