“LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN”
There is growing evidence to suggest the gender of your child’s teachers and care givers in their early years could be having a detrimental effect on their development.
Men are not a common sight in early year’s classrooms and the child care system.
Kenny Spence and Ron Blatz joined us this morning to tell us why this ought to change.
“80 per cent of brain development happens before you’re four years-old. That means a lot of your social conditioning and social reasoning is all happening at that point.
If you have no men around you have a real slanted picture in terms of what your view of the world is as a small child. The absence of men in a child’s life isn’t a good thing; therefore if we can get more men working in early childhood, for those children, who don’t necessarily have men in their lives, that’s a real positive.”
Kenny Spence of Men in Childcare declared, “I don’t think I learned how to be a boy from my mother.”
Spence, visiting Canada for the first time from Scotland, is the keynote speaker at the Manitoba Child Care Conference, says that more men in early childhood development and childcare benefits both boys and girls.
Ron Blatz, Executive Director of Discovery Children’s Centre says men just need to be invited.
“I put an ad in a local paper one Saturday.
‘LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN WITH THE COURAGE TO WORK IN CHILD CARE’
I had 32 men apply for that job; I was absolutely floored.”
The effect of having a man in the lives of young people is something that we took for granted for a long time or didn’t research.
At home and in school, men have an often misunderstood and under-appreciated role in the long term development of our children.
Our children’s role models and leaders in the classroom should include women and men.
Unfortunately there is a shortage of the latter.