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Challenging the School Readiness Agenda in Early Childhood Education

1st Edition

By Miriam B. Tager


124 pages

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Challenging the normative paradigm that school readiness is a positive and necessary objective for all young children, this book asserts that the concept is a deficit-based practice that fosters the continuation of discriminatory classifications. Tager draws on findings of a qualitative study to reveal how the neoliberal agenda of school reform based on high-stakes testing sorts and labels children as non-ready, affecting their overall schooling careers. Tager reflects critically on the relationship between race and school readiness, showing how the resulting exclusionary measures perpetuate the marginalization of low-income Black children from an early age. Disrupting expected notions of readiness is imperative to ending practices of structural classism and racism in early childhood education.

Table of Contents

One – Introducing the Non-school ready child

Two – The Historical Context of the Non-school Ready Child

Three – The Ecology of School Readiness

Four – Higher Demands: Putting Pressure on the Non-school Ready Child

Five – Blaming the Parent

Six – Young Black Lives Matter

Seven – Inequities and Inequalities in Early Childhood Education Programs

Eight – A Call for Action

About the Author

Miriam B. Tager is Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Westfield State University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Early Childhood Education

This series provides a platform for researchers to present their latest research and discuss key issues in Early Childhood Education.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects