HEAR THE CHILDREN
by Linda Tate, Chronicle-Herald staff writer, Augusta, GA, Sunday April 20,
Many activities are planned surrounding the Week of The Young Child
The Week of The Young Child, to be celebrated in Augusta this week, is a
time for drawing the community's attention to the needs and problems of young
children, explained Dr. Peter Haiman, professor of early childhood education
at the University of South Carolina-Aiken and a member of the Committee for
the Week of the Young Child.
"Hear the Children," the theme for the week, underlines the importance
of listening, caring and helping young children since the future of our nation
rests in the hands of our children, he said.
"The needs of a child include
living and playing in places which are safe, healthy and nurturing, acquiring
knowledge and skills in order to become a competent person and developing
positive attitudes about himself and others," said
"There is growing evidence that the way adults treat children
is the cause of many problems when they reach adulthood," he continued. "Proper
child care has been neglected, and child abuse is on the increase in all class
levels. Because of these factors, President Richard M. Nixon signed a proclamation
for the Week of the Young Child in 1972, making it a national event, at the
urging of the Nationa Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)."
Haiman points to the institutionalization of child care and children's overexposure
to television as two prime factors relation to child and, later, adult problems.
In child care centers, adults are taken out of the lives of children since
it is impossible for a teacher to give the close attention and care a child
requires, he said. This situation leads to a child being reared by his peers,
which has proved to be unsatisfactory and harmful.
Without strong adult influence,
a child does not learn how to make meaningful attachments, to love, to cooperate
or to give mutual respect. The lack of these characteristics is related to
the high divorce rates seen among young couples today, believes Haiman.
of the goals of The Week of the Young Child Committee is to reestablish the
value of "parenting," a role which has not been given importance
in our society, according to Dr. Haiman.
"This attitude is creating a
national disaster, which is exemplified by the increased violent acts committed
by young people," he said. "These
violent acts can be directly related to television violence.
children's problems," he added, "but it is hard
for adults to change patterns which they have developed over the years. We
hope that through this week's activities, parents will get a glimpse of what
they can do to improve the lives of their children."
The week was officaly
proclaimed by Mayor Lewis A. Newman April 18. At this time, an award was presented
to Judge John F. Hardin, municipal court judge in the juvenile court division,
for his work with young children in the community.
for the week will include a series of special story hours and films at all
branches of the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library. Times and places are
as follow: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., special picture book program at Jeff Maxwell
Branch; Wednesday, 3 p.m., guest story and film hour at the main branch auditorium,
and Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., story hour at Wallace Branch.
art work will be displayed throughout the libraries, at Ft. Gordon and various
shopping centers during the week.