This collection of essays argues that it matters that children gain, through teacher guidance, the social-emotional skills they need to succeed in and participate civilly in modern life. Part One establishes historical roots for the type of education that prepares children for this participation. Part Two makes the case that three best practices in early childhood education offer the approach to education for democracy that society needs. Part Three provides anecdotes and case studies to illustrate how guidance fosters the development of the five democratic life skills.
Dan Gartrell started his career in education as a teacher at an inner-city elementary school in Ohio and later taught in the Head Start program of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota, USA. He holds a doctorate in teacher education/early childhood and is Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood and Foundations Education at Bemidji State University in Minnesota. As former director of Bemidji's Child Development Training Program, a CDA trainer, and a student teaching su- pervisor, he has helped scores of students start their journey to becoming excellent educators. Once introduced at a conference as "the guidance guy," Dan has spoken extensively on using guidance with young children and related topics. He writes the Guidance Matters column in NAEYC's journal, Young Children, and has contributed several additional articles to the journal. The sixth edition of his textbook on guidance, A Guidance Approach for the Encouraging Classroom, was published in 2013. Dan has also written The Power of Guidance: Teaching Social-Emotional Skills to Young Children and What the Kids Said Today.