DEY’s Upcoming Spring Events

Consuming Kids Summit coming soon!

Later this month our colleagues at Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood are hosting their 8th international Consuming Kids Summit: Reclaiming Childhood from Corporate Marketers (March 21-23 in Boston). Learn from leading experts in the field – and connect with other advocates at this solutions-based event. DEY’s Diane Levin will be presenting Tough at an Early Age: The Harm Caused by Using Media Violence to Market to Children. DEY’s Nancy Carlsson-Paige will be presenting Education in the Marketplace: Data, Choice and Profits and Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin will be presenting positive and practical ideas for working with families and teachers. Space is limited so register today.

If you can’t make it to the summit (though we hope you can!)  here are some other upcoming opportunities to connect with DEY and advocate for young children:

March 4 7:00 pm at the Calhoun School, Manhattan. Nancy will be presenting with Linda Nathan. When Education Goes Wrong: Taking the Creativity and Play out of Learning. This is a TEDx event.

April 5 in Washington, DC. Nancy will be speaking at Occupy the DOE.

May 4 New York, NY Edu4 Conference on Reclaiming the Conversation on Education. Nancy will be facilitating a session.

June 19 – 22nd Boston, MA Wheelock College’s Global Challenges and Opportunities Facing Children, Youth and Families Conference. Diane and Geralyn will be presenting.

Moving beyond remote-controlled teaching and learning

DEY invites you to check out Diane Levin’s latest blog entry on Wheelock College’s Aspire website.

Diane wrote the article because of her deep concern over the extreme misfit she is seeing between so many of the early childhood school reforms currently underway and who the young children of today really are.

Here is a snippet:

[A]s young children are controlled more and more by media and technology—what I call “Remote Controlled-Childhood”—they have a hard time constructing knowledge through the process described below. But instead of giving children what they need, today’s education policy makers are responding by mandating remote-controlled approaches to teaching and learning—rote teaching of easily testable isolated facts.

What remote-controlled young children really need is help becoming deeply engaged in the creative learning process described below so they become life-long learners and problem solvers. And all of us who care about promoting the wellbeing of young children can take an active role in working to create early childhood programs that do this.

Continue reading at Wheelock’s Aspire Wire: Ideas, Conversation, Action.