I chose Marcy Whitebook because she is one of the people truly committed to improving the status of early childhood educators. She is the founder and director of the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California at Berkeley. I choose the Quote ” Worthy work, Unlivable wages:” which happens to be the title of her joint study of” The National Child Care Staffing Study, 1988 – 1997″. This quote aptly sums up the status of early childhood educators.
The other person I chose was Samuel J. Meisels, the founding executive of the Buffet Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He was highly critical of the Head Start National Reporting System which was later suspended. The quote I chose was from a speech he gave at the University of North Carolina. He said ” The best way to evaluate a child’s performance is to study performance, not something else. And the best way to improve a child’s performance is to teach the child, not test the child.”