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Thursday, March 11, 2004


More on DFA v. 2.0 Principles

posted by Conan at Thursday, March 11, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
My sister Maura sent me this response to the DFA v. 2.0 principles quoted by Aziz further down the page. She is an educator and Dean delegate in Washington State with a separate degree in early childhood education. As such, I have great respect for her opinion on these matters.


And we will fight for progressive policies like:

1. 'Health care for all' should include insurance and special care for:
Parents including classes, mat/paternity leave, pre-natal, birthing, nursing, and post-partum family care

2. Young children with changing bodies, teething and dental requirements, walking & talking including the right to
wheelchairs or hearing aides... learning what to eat.

3. Middle-schoolers with changing bodies, diets, and exercise habits (no more recess?)

4. People who are differently-abled; mentally and /or physically; temporarily, developmentally, or terminally

5. People experiencing changes of life or sudden physical shifts as with sickness long or short-term

6. Elderly deserve more than adequate healthcare like dynamic alternatives to isolation such as planned communities

7. Emphasis on lifelong wellness not just coaching the star athletes in schools, hospitals, and in general.

8. 'Investment in children':

Early intervention and money directed first into parent groups, co-ops, daycares and preschools with the most
'degreed professionals' providing information and resources regarding literacy, bilingual literacy, financial literacy,
working with young families making sure people have healthcare, jobs, skills. Meeting individuals at skill level and
presenting the next step from filling out DSHS forms to Community College forms.

Early Childhood Education centers should be developmentally appropriate and heed the research proving that play is
learning and let children play cooperatively while professionals describe what they are learning to parents. Adults
should get a certain number of "kid sick" days along with personal sick days paid because life demands it. Paternity
and maternity leave should be six months with either parent up to one year depending on the resiliency of the baby.

Elementary schools...


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