Originally Posted by brendon
Canada huh? Very interesting. I am always interested to hear how other countries handle care and education.
If anything I think my state is moving away from child centered teaching and have been for many, many years. I just attended a meeting about this subject, today.
Just wanted to touch on this subject for a moment. Yes, I am the mama who previously posted about licensed centres or homes not necessarily being better than unlicensed home daycares. I think there should be choice in daycare. To further explain what I am talking about let me tell you what they are trying to get passed in Canada right now.
The government has just passed the first reading of a bill. This is a daycare bill. Basically, the government wants a federally funded daycare plan that is intentioned ideally for not-for-profit daycare centres. Basically, there will be a guaranteed spot and federal funding for EVERY child. This means that the government will move to only approve new daycares on the premise they are not-for-profit. They will also only provide funding for those children who are in centre care under their new guidelines. Their new guidelines will also mena that there will be more formal education in centres for toddlers to pre-schoolers.
Here is my problem with daycare when there is too much government involvement.
1.First, selfishly, where does that leave me? SOmeone who wants to earn a living while staying home with their own kids?
2. Home providers would not be able to accept the susidy from the government to care for other children.
3. The lack of availability for subsidy in home daycare means that most, no let's say nearly EVERY, parent will be forced to use commercial daycare as financially this will be the only option.
4. Not all children are geared for centre based care. Not all kids are the same. My DS could NEVER have been in centre based care. He just couldn't have handled the large environment. My DD on the other hand would have loved it. Where does this leave kids who just aren't emotionally set for centre based care?
5. Why do we think as a society that it is sooooo important to push formal learning down the throats of 2 yr olds?? When do kids just get to be kids? Is it really that imperative that a child be able to read at 4 yrs old? Why do we feel that we must always have the academic leg up? There are plenty of years for 'formal' education later in the school system. Besides, who says kids don't learn things that are important through play and interaction? A trip to the grocery store can be very educational to use just one example.
6. This daycare system will guarantee a spot for every child. So, in essence our daycare system will be very costly. There will inevitably be kids in daycare who don't need to be there. According to their plan, I can be a SAHM and just want to hang out with my friends or shop or go to the gym and I can do so without my kids because I can just drop them into 'free' daycare. Why not, there is a spot for them!!
7. It raises the bar in an already over materialistic society. Let's face it. Most of us live far beyond our means. There is a big difference between putting your kids in daycare so you can work to eat or pay the mortgage. But, how many kids will be put in daycare just to go to work to have the bigger house, the gas guzzling SUV, the far away vacations? Yes, as you can tell, I am not a big fan of daycare just so you can live like the Jones' at the expense of your children. Yes, go ahead and flame me!
So, there you have it. My arguement against fully licensed - government mandated daycare. Yes, I do think there should be licensed facilities. But I also think there should be options. Not every situation is best for everyone. And, seeing as how this is really about the kids at the very core, aren't they the people we should be providing options for? Not all kids are the same. My own two kids are so different. I would hate to think that anyone, the government especially, should be able to group them together and decide what is best for them. I am their mother - that should be MY decision.