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It seems parents in the Brentwood, NY area are taking a page out of John Locke’s book on the theory of education; younger children are now learning at home with their parents. Well, not exactly. The Parent-Child Program “aims to foster literacy and teach parent how to prepare their children for school.” Instituted mostly in high-poverty communities, the program serves as a way to possibly close the achievement gap by focusing on how young children learn at home. The program is not only about the child’s education, either. The tutor/teacher comes into the home for about a half-hour twice a week during the two years between the child’s second and fourth birthdays. The child is then not left alone with the tutor, but the parent, instead, takes on the role of interacting with the child. The teacher is there merely as a supervisor of sorts. They provide the child with materials otherwise unattainable,
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Unformatted text preview: such as books and educational toys. Under these circumstances, the child is usually more interested in his or her own education and enthusiastic about the learning process. The parent, of course, is grateful for these luxuries that under normal circumstances, they would not be able to afford. It is in this way that the child receives an early education by way of the program and the parent. The teacher is there as an advisor and usually helps out in the beginning of the program, trying to get both the child and the parent involved. As the program progresses, the teachers role changes to being simply an onlooker, providing little bits of information here and there, and materials that help the childs learning process, but nothing more....
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