"We can't allow children to go up the slide." "Licensing does not allow us to have Loose Parts in the environment." "Our insurance does not allow us to have swings." "Parents do not want us to talk about diversity. They say it is divisive."
These are just a few of the many comments and opinions that I have heard in my 30 years in early childhood education. Amidst the barrage of comments, there is an underlying sentiment.
"This is what I think—and I am entitled to my opinion!"
However, I will venture to challenge this line of thinking. An opinion is not a fact, and there may be a level of falsehood within our review. This is what the process of believing our thoughts looks like:
When you have a strong opinion about something that you know very little about, try to figure out why before you give strong credence to the belief. Alarmingly, most humans believe that their opinions are facts. We incorrectly assume that our thoughts are correct. I mean, if we think it, it must be true? Right?
After all, we owe young children the opportunity to climb up the slide and learn some essential life lessons. Going up the slide may teach children to:
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