Children Growing up around the World
Children around the world are taught differently and grown up in different ways making
it important to be aware of other countries perspectives on early childhood education, care and
development for children. Even though children are taught differently there is always values
behind raising a child. Being aware of other countries values and how they raise children will
give us a perspective needed to understand and have communication with people from different
cultures. Which will have us as humans and educators to observe are ways of doing things,
feeling, and the way we think.
As talked about in A Global Perspective on Early Childhood Care and Education “The
upbringing and education will always reflect values, no matter if those values are hidden or more
openly defined in relation to educational aims, contents, methods and evaluation ( Lillemyer et
al., 2001, p. 9). The six values that are expressed throughout all countries are multiculturalism, a
new professionalism, value of play, rights of a child, democracy, lastly ethical responsibility and
accountability. Multiculturalism refers to ” to any form of education or teaching that
incorporates the histories, texts, values, beliefs, and perspectives of people from different cultural
backgrounds” ( Great Schools, 2014). Teachers may have to incoratite and modify different
ways to teach lessons in the classroom to become more culturally diverse to be able have all
students understand and obtain the information in the lesson. It is a teacher’s responsibility to
work in the best interest of the child.
Professionalism is the professional side of teachers working in the best interest of the
students including providing cultural support. Children from all cultures should be given the
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chance to learn about their culture in a professional setting. Teachers take on the responsibilities
of a parent while the child is at school including taking on what children are taught at home:
which includes the culture and values the children grown up with and are taught. At school
children have the chance to play with other children leading to the value of play. During play
children are likely to make their own choices and fulfilling their own will. Which can lead to
communication between children who have different values making it important for children to
be familiar with other values. If children are to be aware of other children’s values they will be
more likely to accept them leading to less problems as we see today when is comes to other
Just like adults child need to have rights too. Children are human beings too, having the
rights as a child can be described as be shown that you are equal, and shown the respect all
humans deserve and crave. In many cultures education is not seen as necessary especially for
girls who are seen as caretakers to stay home to do housework and take care of children. Many
children around the world are not given the opportunity to get an education for example Malala
who was shot trying to give her voice about wanting an education. Children deserve the right to
an education in any culture if they are wanting to learn given the power of liberty rights.
“Welfare rights which is adults looking out for the best interest of the child while liberty rights
are allowing children to make their own decisions that adults may not agree with” ( Georgeson et
al.,2013, p.20). Child should have rights but with their rights they need guidance.
Children may not always know what is their own best interests that is where responsible
adults are needed to care for them, also to educate them based upon their values. As a teacher
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with the use of professionalism and multiculturalism having to behave and act around the child
in the ways that correspond to the child’s ethical standards. The use of ethics relates to
accountability by being in a professional setting as an educator you have to have accountability
in working with children of different cultures and values to educate them. ” Understand how your
students’ cultures affect their perceptions, self-esteem, values, classroom behavior, and learning.
Use that understanding to help your students feel welcomed, affirmed, respected, and
valued”( Image Learning , 2010).
The values of children are very important, that need to be studied and taught in
classrooms. “Ideas about how young children should be cared for and educated have always been
shared between countries and reflect the changing and understanding of children and their
childhood over time; at present, however, there seems to be increasing interest in understanding
how early childhood education and care is organized and experienced internationally (Georgeson
et al.,2013, p.4). With the use of the six major values that are expressed throughout all countries
children in the classroom are now learning about the values and cultures of other countries.
Values can be seen as a part of a family “Parents begin educating their children on values
starting out at a young age, usually starting before most kids start school” ( Education Corner,
2017). It is important to parents that their child is taught values when they are away from home
which falls in the hands of the edorator and caretaker of the child. In all countries values are
very important to remember when becoming aware of international perspectives in early
childhood education, care, and development.