NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT: IS IT WORKING?
A Research Paper
Kevin Gallardo Peralta
Grade 10- Navata
Mrs. Mary Kristine C. Cadiente
English 10 Teacher
March 8, 2018
The emotional, social and physical development of young children has a direct effect on their overall development and on the adult they will become. That is why understanding the need to invest in very young children is so important, so as to maximize their future well-being. Neurological research shows that the early years play a key role in children’s brain development. Babies begin to learn about the world around them from a very early age – including during the prenatal, perinatal (immediately before and after birth) and postnatal period. Children’s early experiences – the bonds they form with their parents and their first learning experiences – deeply affect their future physical, cognitive, emotional and social development. Optimizing the early years of children’s lives is the best investment we can make as a society in ensuring their future success. What exactly is social and emotional development? It’s the change over time in the way children react to and interact with their social environments. A child is not born with the ability to identify his emotions, control his impulses, or understand his place in the social world. These fundamental social and emotional skills — and many others — must be learned through experience. Because of the rapid pace of brain development between birth and age 3, early experiences can have long-term consequences. Infants and toddlers need nurturing parenting and stable environments that provide safety and security and support learning and exploration. Without them, a child is unlikely to reach his or her potential. Ensuring that all of our community’s children have a strong social-emotional foundation can improve our city’s economic growth and competitiveness. Why? Because the social and emotional skills that children begin learning in infancy are strongly related to later outcomes like school readiness, college attendance and adult earnings.
More and more research is being conducted every day that gives us a clearer picture of how young children learn. We now know more about what children need in order to grow emotionally and intellectually. For example, research shows that active, physical, and cognitively stimulating play is necessary for optimal brain growth and development.
Research has also proven what common sense tells us: children grow and thrive in the context of close and dependable relationships. These relationships must provide love and nurturance, security, responsive interaction, and encouragement for exploration. A child’s first experience with this kind of relationship is at home with a loving family.
When you entrust your child to the care of early childhood professionals, you not only want your child to be safe and to learn, you also want your child to be accepted and valued, to feel she belongs in the school community. This is important, of course, but what families often do not understand is how important it is for you to be a part of the school community. Children feel more confident and comfortable at school when they feel their families are a part of the community as well.
What are some ways that your family can be members of your school community? First and foremost, work with the school director and your child’s teacher to build and maintain a trusting, open, and honest relationship. Through working together, keeping the lines of communication open, and listening to each other’s perspectives and expertise, you can ensure that your child has the best educational experience possible.
There are lots of other ways to be a part of the community and be involved in the life of the school. Try some of these ideas:
Chaperone a class field trip
Share a special interest or talent, like singing or gardening with your child’s class (or the whole school community)
Teach children a skill you have, like sewing or playing an instrument
Help out in your child’s class for an hour or two whenever you can. You could read with children, play games with them, or help them with special projects
Donate objects from home to your child’s classroom
Offer to share your occupation and the “tools of the trade” with your child’s class. Even though you may think that your job is not very interesting, children will be fascinated. Whether you are a secretary, a doctor, a postal worker, or a mechanic, children will be very interested in what you do and in the tools and equipment you use to do your job.
Remember that however you can be involved, whatever you can do, your child will benefit if you are an active member of the school community.
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