Children Growing up around the WorldChildren around the world are taught differently and grown up in different ways making it important to be aware of other countries perspectives on early childhood education, care anddevelopment for children. Even though children are taught differently there is always valuesbehind raising a child. Being aware of other countries values and how they raise children willgive us a perspective needed to understand and have communication with people from differentcultures.
Which will have us as humans and educators to observe are ways of doing things,feeling, and the way we think. As talked about in A Global Perspective on Early Childhood Care and Education “Theupbringing and education will always reflect values, no matter if those values are hidden or moreopenly defined in relation to educational aims, contents, methods and evaluation ( Lillemyer etal., 2001, p. 9). The six values that are expressed throughout all countries are multiculturalism, anew professionalism, value of play, rights of a child, democracy, lastly ethical responsibility andaccountability. Multiculturalism refers to ” to any form of education or teaching thatincorporates the histories, texts, values, beliefs, and perspectives of people from different culturalbackgrounds” ( Great Schools, 2014). Teachers may have to incoratite and modify differentways to teach lessons in the classroom to become more culturally diverse to be able have allstudents understand and obtain the information in the lesson.
It is a teacher’s responsibility towork in the best interest of the child. Professionalism is the professional side of teachers working in the best interest of thestudents including providing cultural support. Children from all cultures should be given the Running Head: CHILDREN GROWING UP AROUND THE WORLD 3 chance to learn about their culture in a professional setting. Teachers take on the responsibilitiesof a parent while the child is at school including taking on what children are taught at home:which includes the culture and values the children grown up with and are taught. At schoolchildren have the chance to play with other children leading to the value of play. During playchildren are likely to make their own choices and fulfilling their own will. Which can lead tocommunication between children who have different values making it important for children tobe familiar with other values.
If children are to be aware of other children’s values they will bemore likely to accept them leading to less problems as we see today when is comes to otherpeople’s values. Just like adults child need to have rights too. Children are human beings too, having therights as a child can be described as be shown that you are equal, and shown the respect allhumans deserve and crave. In many cultures education is not seen as necessary especially forgirls who are seen as caretakers to stay home to do housework and take care of children. Manychildren around the world are not given the opportunity to get an education for example Malalawho was shot trying to give her voice about wanting an education. Children deserve the right toan education in any culture if they are wanting to learn given the power of liberty rights.”Welfare rights which is adults looking out for the best interest of the child while liberty rightsare allowing children to make their own decisions that adults may not agree with” ( Georgeson etal.,2013, p.
20). Child should have rights but with their rights they need guidance. Children may not always know what is their own best interests that is where responsibleadults are needed to care for them, also to educate them based upon their values. As a teacher Running Head: CHILDREN GROWING UP AROUND THE WORLD 4 with the use of professionalism and multiculturalism having to behave and act around the childin the ways that correspond to the child’s ethical standards.
The use of ethics relates toaccountability by being in a professional setting as an educator you have to have accountabilityin working with children of different cultures and values to educate them. ” Understand how yourstudents’ cultures affect their perceptions, self-esteem, values, classroom behavior, and learning.Use that understanding to help your students feel welcomed, affirmed, respected, andvalued”( Image Learning , 2010). The values of children are very important, that need to be studied and taught inclassrooms. “Ideas about how young children should be cared for and educated have always beenshared between countries and reflect the changing and understanding of children and theirchildhood over time; at present, however, there seems to be increasing interest in understandinghow early childhood education and care is organized and experienced internationally (Georgesonet al.
,2013, p.4). With the use of the six major values that are expressed throughout all countrieschildren in the classroom are now learning about the values and cultures of other countries.Values can be seen as a part of a family “Parents begin educating their children on valuesstarting out at a young age, usually starting before most kids start school” ( Education Corner,2017). It is important to parents that their child is taught values when they are away from homewhich falls in the hands of the edorator and caretaker of the child. In all countries values arevery important to remember when becoming aware of international perspectives in earlychildhood education, care, and development.