"During the Persian Gulf War, I became acutely aware of how difficult it is to honor families' values when those values are different from mine. In the classroom, I emphasized peaceful resolutions to conflicts and talked often with the children about elements of peace. Most families felt comfortable . . . but when our conversations about peace expanded to include discussions of the Persian Gulf War, some families became uneasy. . . . (Some) families talked about the necessity of war to overthrow oppressors and to protect and free people. . . . This was a really uncomfortable time for me . . . "
Then get out of the classroom, dear, and let the kids have a teacher (calling Jessica Lynch!) who can lead the ABCs without raising her fist and turning it into a brainwashing session on Anti-imperialism, Blood for oil, and Conflict resolution.
Pelo and Davidson's guide is also promoted by the Early Childhood Equity Alliance (ECEA), a network of activist educators. Its statement against Operation Iraqi Freedom argues: "As the still relevant saying from the '60s aptly puts it: 'War is not healthy for children and other living things!'"
(And allowing Saddam Hussein to gas Kurds, imprison children who refused to join the Baath Party, torture their dissident fathers, and use pregnant women to shield his soldiers, is?)
ECEA encourages early childhood educators to "look to alternative sources of information beyond the mainstream media" such as moveon.org, the Clintonite Web site still fatuously promoting inspections over war.
Dr. Karen Effrem, a Johns Hopkins University-trained pediatrician and researcher who has tracked the radicalization of preschool teacher training, warns that these professional educators' groups are spreading "a very radical and dangerous curriculum to teachers and child care workers who, in turn, use it on our very youngest and most vulnerable children. This is no small campaign."
Welcome to the new preschool curriculum: play dough, finger painting and pacifism 101.