“Imagine the difference between the early childhood teacher who treats care as drudgery – and the one who treats care as education and honors care as an intellectual exchange.”
So writes Carol Garboden Murray in her popular and important book, Illuminating Care: The Pedagogy of Care in Early Childhood Communities. She explains how daily care tasks (diapering, dressing, eating together…) are often mistakenly devalued, but should be honored:
“Care is the making of humans. Care is the first lesson of love, connection and dependency. Care rituals demonstrate quintessential whole person learning – the integration of mind, body, heart and soul. Care is the origin story we all share.”
The Pedagogy and Practice of Care in
Early Childhood Communities
Illuminating Care: The Pedagogy and Practice of Care in Early Childhood Communities is a powerful exploration of caregiving as a vital component of education and child development and a crucial building block of human community and society.
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