Wow what a wonderful journey this class has been. I have learned about the issues and barriers that face our families here in the United States, and some of the struggles families and teachers face around the world.
So what are some of the consequences of having learned all of this?
1. First I am more aware of the need to look at what other countries are doing to solve similar problems. Reading about Paraguay's programs, and how they were able to bring about lasting change in the parenting of small villages through in-home support services, reaffirms what we do here when we try and teach in home parenting skills.
2. I have learned that it is important to reach out to other professionals and build networks for leraning. Talking with other professionals can help to spark ideas and build collaborations.
3. The final consequence of this class will be, hopefully, the ongoing communications and relationships I have build with the professionals I emailed. These are people I would probably never have met or had any reason to contact, but because of this class I have new professional relationships with these people.
I would also like to add that through this class, I learned how to look and explore a resource website more throughly. Even though I had used the Zero to Three website before, I learned so many new things by clicking on the various links that they offered. Many of the links I followed offered me more resources that will be useful to the familes I work with.
I hope all of my co-students have also had a similar experience in the exploration of world issues in Early Childhood Education.