Saturday, September 28, 2019

So what if Greta Thunberg ... insert the numerous rebuttles used to discredit her

So many claims going around social media lately trying to discredit Greta Thunbergs work and message!
photo credit BBC

For argument sake I will asl the following .... so what?

So what if she is being paid in some manner to speak?

So what if she is being coached by experts in the field she is speaking about to ensure she is speaking ACCURATE FACTS backed by SCIENCE? 

So what if she practices her speeches so she can give them with flow and remain composed?

So what if she is 16 years old and not in school? 

So what if her parents are supporting and encouraging her passion?

So what if she has Asperger's? 

Show me one adult politician on a campaign trail who is NOT being paid to give their speech to the masses - yet we listen to them.
Being paid does not invalidate ones work or the facts or science behind what they are speaking about!
If that is true than we should be expecting ALL our politicians to work for FREE when they are out campaigning and spreading their messages of why should vote for them ... they should not be being paid one penny by anyone to fund their camppaigns including lobbyists, unions and big corps via their huge 'campaign donations' to be able to travel the country speaking about how they plan to change our lives for the better ... they should fund that out of their own pockets that way there is no concern that they are being paid to say something verses actually passionately believing what they are spewing based on their own research and values.

Show me one politician who has not been coached to say what they do during those speeches - and typically by those paying them via campaign donations in order to help them 'win' the election so that they can continue to curry their favor with the policies they make.

Show me one politician who does not either practice their speeches so they flow by heart OR uses a teleprompter to read them if they loose their place or BOTH? Show me one person who can stand in front of the nation and WING an eloquent speech that supports statistics and laws and research findings!

Show me that 'being in school' at her age would be supporting her to learn any BETTER the than she is in her travels of the world, networking with so many amazing leaders and experts and meeting so many people in different cultures? Speaking publicly about something she is passionate about and making a difference.
As an early childhood educator it is my role to encourage children to peruse their interests, to realize that 'learning' occurs best when children are passionate about their topic and when they can embrace their topic hands on with all their senses. We are taught that our role as educators we are to be researchers and collaborators along side our students and sometimes that means taking children 'outside the formal classroom' ... and this is what Greta Thunbergs parents are doing - allowing her to engage in her learning hands on, in a meaningful way pursuing something that she is passionate about. All the 'academic' lessons she would learn in a traditional classroom are MORE than being covered during her travels around the world - the world IS her classroom! I honestly wish that MORE children had a chance to get out of the traditional classroom and learn hands on doing what they love! What she is learning now will stay with long after any 'assignment' she did when in school!

Show me any parent who can not financially support their child in a way that allows them to thrive and excel and make a difference in the world because they do not have the means and I bet money you will see parent who WISHES they could be in Greta's parents position to be able to support their child in such a manner and at such a young age. Those who are naysayers are just jealous and trying to use Greta's parents affluence against them turning it in to a negative! People who have money in today's world can not win in the court of public opinion because if they do nothing with they are hated for being greedy self centred egocentrics but yet if they use their wealth for doing good than they are hated for having some sort of ulterior motive verses applauded for using their wealth to do something good in the world!

Show how any other activist with a disability is discredited for attempting to make a difference in the world by sharing something they are passionate about ... when Terry Fox ran across country to raise awareness for cancer no one said 'but he only has one leg'? When Michael J Fox gives a speech about Parkinson no one says 'but he stutters' .... why is it ok to attack this activist because she has Autism? She shes her autism as gift not a disability - it allows her to see outside the box, to have a fixated passion about something she believes strongly in and to not be affected by the 'haters' in the world the way your average 16 year old girl would be! Kudos to her and others like her who have the courage to take on the big boys on the global stage and hold them accountable at such a young age!

IMO the only difference is that Greta is not seeking POLITICIAN POWER through her speeches like the politicians she is speaking to on the national stage right now! She is seeking to encourage those who lead via political power to CHANGE the way they are doing things. to open their minds and listen to the research and statistics and stop 'denying' science in face of all the propaganda from big oil and other vested parties in the status quo ... she is sharing statistical information, science and facts with them to encourage them to stop doing the bidding of those large corporations that put these politicians in power whose profits are at risk because for years they have engaged in practices that are putting the climate and humans at risk of extinction! She is encouraging them to do RIGHT by the planet and those who inhabit it at a time when she should be attending prom and worried about what color dress she should wear not worrying about what kind of planet will be here in 20 or 30 years from now! She is asking for nothing in return - her and her family seem to be all about giving BACK to the planet!

Politicians have no business throwing accusations around 'motive' at this poor teen and those who do feel the need to take a long hard look in the mirror about why they are so afraid of a 16 year olds voice that they need to discredit her!

We need to BE THE CHANGE!

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Annual Learning is Growing Conference

Learning is Growing Conference is held annually each Fall in Stratford
This year's theme for the conference is FUNdamentals. Participants were invited to come and explore our “inner child” and reflect upon the FUNdamentals in teaching children. To reflect on what attitudes we hold about the value of fun, why is fun necessary, and how does having fun impact learning?

Key note speaker was Marc Battle who spoke to us about reflecting on why childcare programs seem to place so much focus on 'measurable' indicators of success such as checklists for the ability to recite the ABC, 123 and matching of colours. That despite years and years of existances childcare programs today seem to be more mediocre than ever before and places of stress and discomfort for both children and staff.  To reflect on the reality that we seem to see the lack of value in the most important part of child development and why we chose to enter the field in the first place - our desire to have fun with children and to support the healthy development of the whole child in regards to self while instilling a sense of a joy of learning and having FUN in their early years!

My morning workshop a Beginner's Mind: Finding Fun and Zen

My afternoon workshop Waterfalls in your Playground 

Have an amazing day

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Why do ECE engage in Continued Professional Learning?

Read more on CPL  here

Reading lots of comments in groups on FB lately that seem to imply that many believe that the College had choice in the current reality of the CPL mandate for members - the reality is that in 2007 the Liberal government made it LAW for the College to be developed in order to be a stepping stone for the implementation of Full Day Kindergarten and having ECE working along side Teachers in the school board. Part of that law included them ensuring members engaged in ongoing professional learning.

For almost a decade the College felt that doing that on on voluntary basis was enough to meet their mandate. 

In 2016 the Liberal government changed it from a blanket 'members must engage in continued professional development with a voluntary process for documenting that to it being LEGALLY REQUIRED for the College to ensure we are all engaging in CPL and that the college has a measurable manner in which to ensure that members are accountable to the pubic that it is being done. The program we have now and all the mandated steps of it are laid out in the regulations by the government - it is no longer just a College policy but LAW that we engage in this process! 

And members should be aware if you are clicking YES in your renewal box and than are sharing on public social media in groups like this that you are actually NOT doing you CPL and refuse to and what not than sadly you are admitting publicly to not only in violation of the Code of Conduct for ECE but you are admitting to breaking the law and with that submission of your renewal form you are basically committing fraud by way of lying on a legal document. 

This is the Internet and sadly there is nothing to prevent employees of the College from being one of the 9,000 plus members of this particular group. Employees of the College who may be reading your public declarations of defiance to both the Code of Conduct and the Law. So many members of this group seem to believe that the College is a power tripping money grab out to get them and if that is true reality is there is nothing to prevent them from using that public declaration to figure out what name you are registered under with the College and AUDIT every member who is claiming not participate - and even if you submit on time than you are in the difficult position of having to explain to the College disciplinary panel why you were lying to other professionals about ones CPL conduct ... which is a catch 22 in regards to professional misconduct

Attaching the link to the law so no one feels they need to just take my word for it being legally binding requirement to participate in the CPL.

Also wanted to add because I am sure people will comment with the 'but teachers do not have to do this' .... my guess is that the challenge with a voluntary process that the College initially had as a policy is that it is hard to show accountability to the public and government
 that as ECE we are engaging in it. Reality is that unlike teachers, who are also required to engage in continual professional learning to be members of their College, most RECE are not public employees with one employer mandate in regards to professional development that is also inline with the OCT.
We need to STOP comparing ourselves to TEACHERS because while we do similar roles we are uniquely different in so many ways! The biggest one being this one that they are public servants with one collective employer - The Ministry of Education and the division of the School Board and most RECE are NOT!

RECE are employed in a wide range of settings with a wide range of employers all who have very different supports in place for professional development and different funding models - so my guess is that our CPL is unique in that the College needed a process were they would be able to tell the public that YES all RECE regardless of where they are employed are engaging in CPL so here is the process they ALL undergo to document their CPL and than members are randomly audited to ensure they are doing it and disciplinary processes in place for those who are not engaging in the process.

Personally I think the College has great potential to improve the quality of work environment for early childhood educators, raising the bar and standards of our profession and therefore better serving the public. 

I have engaged in continuous professional learning for my entire 30 year career in one manner or another and I actually love the idea that with the development of the College we now how a process that ALL RECE can engage in that has the same standard process while also allowing it to be flexible to each educators journey.

Change is hard. It brings fear of the unknown for many but change can also be GOOD for us. Without change there would be no butterflies! 

Have an amazing day

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