Another example of Japanese groupism--which would seem to be a good compromise between Western competition and the glorification of the individual, and socialistic concern with social, over individual, welfare--is the Japanese manner of avoiding situations wherein children will become too individually attached to their preschool teachers. The Japanese preschool teacher maintains a distance, not becoming too maternalistic, wishing to make the class relate more to one another than to her. This effort toward groupism, more independent of any political ideology, would seem to be the common ground toward which American preschools should strive.
One of the key points of the book alluded to above is that a culture can be judged by the values its preschools instill in the young. In Japan and China, where preschools are heavily government-subsidized, more of a national culture value system can be determined. As has been pointed out, groupism is emphasized. In America, preschool is less of an option to parents because of cost. American culture leaves the education of children more to chance--the economic well-being of parents being the single, most important factor in whether or not their child receives daycare, as we call it in this country. In America, even if a child's parents can afford daycare, the child may be getting inferior instruction. U.S. daycare instructors have little or no education, in many cases, and the educational welfare of the child is left to chance.
The book quotes conservative Orrin Hatch as having eventually come around to realizing the benefit to the nation of good quality childcare. He has come to realize that adults cannot productively function in the workplace if they have to be concerned about their children's welfare during the day. Daycare in America has come to mean "the freeing up of parents" as much as it has "the education of the preschooler."
This writer is in agreement with the critics wh...
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