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Defining the child's curriculum, and its role in the life of the community

Trevarthen, Colwyn and Dunlop, Aline-Wendy and Delafield-Butt, Jonathan (2018) Defining the child's curriculum, and its role in the life of the community. In: The Child's Curriculum. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 1-12. ISBN 9780198747109

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We invited experts in early child development, education, and care to clarify issues of universal importance for the well-being of human worlds. They include teachers who appreciate that every child is born for a life of learning and needs to develop this in a community of joyful friendships to share its culture of arts and techniques. We address the difficulties of children and their families struggling to live in social depri- vation or poverty when the administration and politics of an ambitious government are principally concerned with how industry makes wealth for a minority. Evidence we present demonstrates that leadership to address and support the creative abilities of all children and their families in their years before school is essential. Such lead- ership recognizes the importance of these abilities for the development of healthy, cooperative, and self-confident citizens who can secure the health of the community and benefit its economic productivity in a rich and peaceful world.