That's Not Fair! Paperback – May 2000
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If we teach children to recognize injustice, then we must also teach them that people can create positive change by working together... Louise Derman-Sparks and the Anti-Bias Curriculum Task Force from Chapter 1 of Thats Not Fair!
About the Author
Fran Davidson and Ann Pelo have a combined 35 years of experience working with young children. Ann Pelo teaches 3-5 year-olds at Hilltop Childrens Center in Seattle, WA, and she is an instructor at the Seattle Institute for Early Childhood Development. She earned her masters degree in Child Development and Family Studies from Purdue University. Fran Davidson is a teacher and trainer in the Seattle area. She works as an instructor in the Child & Family Studies Program at Seattle Central Community College and as adjunct faculty at Pacific Oaks College. She is also a trainer at the Emerald City Child Care Center. Thats Not Fair! is their first book.
Top Customer Reviews
The authors explain how it isn't our responsibility as adults to tell kids what to think, but rather to nurture and respect their thoughts and feelings on the issues in their lives that they have questions about. In fact, several anecdotes (like the Blue Angels story - which is used as an example of how one author wished she had involved parents in the project) serve as examples as to how the authors had to themselves learn how to help children stand up for what they think is right while not imposing their points-of-view upon them.
I encourage anyone who works with young children to take a long look at this wonderful resource. Activism doesn't have to be a dirty word. It doesn't have to be a political word. And it isn't reserved only for those of voting age.
"Ann Pelo details an activism project she initiated at a Seattle preschool after her students spotted a Blue Angels rehearsal overhead as they played in a local park. "Those are Navy airplanes," Pelo lectured the toddlers. "They're built for war, but right now, there is no war, so the pilots learn how to do fancy tricks in their planes." The kids returned to playing, but Pelo wouldn't let it rest. The next day she pushes the children to "communicate their feelings about the Blue Angels."
Pelo proudly describes her precociously politicized students' handiwork:
"They drew pictures of planes with Xs through them: 'This is a crossed-off bombing plane.' They drew bomb factories labeled: 'No.'
"Respect our words, Blue Angels. Respect kids' words. Don't kill people."
"If you blow up our city, we won't be happy about it. And our whole city will be destroyed. And if you blow up my favorite library, I won't be happy because there are some good books there that I haven't read yet."
Pelo reports that the children "poured out their strong feelings about the Blue Angels in their messages and seemed relieved and relaxed." But it's obvious this cathartic exercise was less for the children and more for the ax-grinding Pelo, who readily admits that she "didn't ask for parents' input about their letter-writing - she didn't genuinely want it. She felt passionately that they had done the right thing, and she wasn't interested in hearing otherwise."
So much for "community-building, deep thinking, and partnership." "
This is not what I expected from this book. Nor do I believe that toddler's should be brainwashed with left or right activisim. That is most definitely WRONG
Ridiculous material like this should be recognized for what it is: pure propaganda from the extreme left wing. As a teacher myself, I will certainly encourage my contemporaries to avoid this book.
Most recent customer reviews
"That's Not Fair" is far more than peace nik propaganda. It's a rejection of the concept of reason & justice. Read morePublished on May 24 2003
This book is little more than a guide for teachers bent on brainwashing their preschool students into mini-drones of the radical left. Read morePublished on May 11 2003 by Thomas Paladino
The subtitle to this work is "A Teacher's Guide to Activism With Young Children". Activists do not belong in the classroom. Read morePublished on April 21 2003 by Amazon Customer