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April 24, 2007



Sophia what do you think if a teacher tells her student your a tatle tale you go in the trash.... This is what one of my childs teachers told him. I was very saddened by this I let it slide like I shouldnt have and I guess theses types of verbal repremanding are normal because now he is coming home with this type of behavior towards myslef and my husband. We discussed it with the school,but they saw this as fine and mine you they are NAYEC certified. Thankfully I removed him since he only had a few more weeks to go and I am fortunate enough to do this, but what about those who cant. I want to get your oppinion on this...

Sophia Pappas


Wow, that is really unacceptable. Unfortunately, I think many parents would either take the school's word that such language is "fine" and overlook such an inappropriate approach to discipline or feel like it would just be too inconvenient to switch schools.

This is a tough issue...I mean you can look at it from a number of angles:

1. From your point of view (the parent's), understanding the approach and beliefs of the teacher from the beginning is crucial, so if you feel the need to switch schools or classrooms you can. But then again, how can you really know every detail from Open House and even 1-1 conferences?

2. In terms of the quality of the program, your concerns speak to larger issues with the caliber of teachers and administrators in early childhood. In my opinion, policymakers and pre-k advocates need to think critically about how to recruit, select, train, and support educators that shape a supportive, positive, and productive learning environment. Dialogue like the kind we have on this blog is just the beginning, but it is a start.

Let me know what you think about these points. I hope to continue this discussion and invite more blog visitors in.


This has helped a lot and I agree but what do you think of Nayec as a seal of prek quality. Here is MD you just need to take 2 classes and you can be a head teacher now BA needed, I think this is a problem. As someone with a BA in ealry childhood I realize how much I notice about my sons preschools compared to other mothers who are educated but not in the education field. And that may be because many dont see prek as essential to their childs foundation of learning.

Sophia Pappas


I do not have personal experience with NAEYC, but based on its year long self-study process for accreditation it seems like one of the more rigorous and credible existing early childhood institutions. That said, your experience seems to speak to either some flaws in that process or perhaps something unique to that center (e.g., staff changes since the initial accreditation process). I'm not really sure, but I think as we move forward with more and more districts and states supporting pre-k, we do need to take critiques like this seriously and always bring our analysis and planning back to the best interests of the children. Have you tried contacting NAEYC?


Another cool book for teaching peaceful classroom interactions is "I Call My Hand Gentle."

Sophia Pappas

Thanks, Becky! I will check it out.

Have a great weekend.


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