A new video from NAEYC (the National Association for the Education of Young Children) offers an engaging look at men in early education.
“Often when males are mentioned as it relates to being in the classroom, they’re often viewed as a disciplinarian,” Alvin Irby says in the video. “You know, someone who’s gonna — who the boys are going to listen to. And I think that there’s so much more to men being in early childhood classrooms.” Irby is the chief reading inspirer at Barbershop Books, a nonprofit effort “To close the reading achievement gap for young black boys by using child-centered, culturally relevant, and high-impact strategies.”
“I think that men bring a sense of wonder to curriculum,” Sandra Lanz, a child development specialist says in the video. (more…)