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TRANSCULTURAL FRIENDSHIP: OUR POLITICAL FUTURE

Chapter Seven: Education in Early Childhood

 Section 1: Very Early Education

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Greek Dance performed by Ta Mikra & Meg'Alexandros Dancers at the Greek Festival, St. Nicholas Church, San Jose, California, May 30, 1998.

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While not really education, genetic engineering is relevant to the problem of human potentials. Eugenics holds great promise for the future, and more than most new technologies, poses moral challenges of the first magnitude. Having raised this problem, we now sidestep it -- we are concerned with educational principles that cut across genetic differences

 

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We will also briefly mention that the prenatal environment affects the first nine months of development. Studies show that the fetus responds to the mother's condition. A healthy mom produces a healthy baby. Poor nutrition, lack of exercise, drug or alcohol use or abuse, tension, depression and so on, can operate to the detriment of the child.

 

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Recently, the role of the birth process itself has come under increased study. Otto Rank suggested that the trauma of birth acts as a source of anxiety in life. How do bright lights, a slap on the buttocks, and separation from the mother affect the helpless child's sense of security in the new environment? LeBoyer has developed methods using softer lighting and stroking rather than spanking -- and the baby is placed on the mother as soon as possible to receive reassurance from her heartbeat and body warmth. The Lamaze method of natural childbirth involves the father in the entire birthing process -- and this may significantly affect father-infant bonding.. All three developments may prove to have significant, though general, effects on the types of adults that will inhabit our future.

 

 

 

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