- Respond to each item. Each response should be concise and between 2–3 paragraphs in length.
- Use MS Word to write your responses, and submit your answers to all three questions in one Word document.
- Copy and paste each question within the document, so that your Instructor can see which question that you are responding to.
Consider the following quotes from “Raising and Educating Healthy Boys: A Report on the Growing Crisis is Boys’ Education” (pp. 2–3):
“We need to start addressing issues of gender socialization of boys and girls at the preschool level. At stake is the full potential of each individual child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development.”
“Ideas about how boys and girls are ‘supposed to be’ are planted early.The messages boys receive about what it means to be male in this society are connected to their social emotional and academic development. If we focus on boys’ school experience early on, we will improve education for all children.”
Drawing on what you learned from this report and Chapter 7 in your course text, explain, in your own words, the concept of “boy code” and why you agree or disagree with either of the statements above.
Chapter 7 in your text includes a section which covers children’s understanding of sexual orientation. Review this section and then summarize at least two points that enhanced your understanding of child development related to this issue. Explain how these new understandings might help you work more effectively with young children and their families.
In Chapter 8 of your text, you learned about children’s knowledge and feelings related to abilities and disabilities. Review this section of the chapter and then summarize at least two points that enhanced your understanding of child development related to this issue and explain how these new understandings might help you work more effectively with young children and their families.