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Changing Ourselves, Changing Our Programs

by Margie Carter
July/August 2011
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In the mid-1960s Bob Dylan’s song, “The Times They are a Changin’” thrilled me. In the mid-1970s one of my favorite albums was called “The Changer and The Changed.” For those of us eager to see social change in our country, these songs speak of that historical period where a new sense of possibility and hope was in the air. Some 40 years later, with so much trouble in the world, I strive not to be jaded while continuing to search for signs of hope and new possibilities. In our early childhood profession there are plenty of examples, even amidst all the bad news. I’ve seen inspiring examples of beleaguered directors taking to heart the late Jim Rohn’s message, “When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.” Perhaps those who feel stuck or defeated haven’t gotten that fire inside of them about what they believe children, families, and teachers deserve. Perhaps they feel powerless and are waiting for someone else to make things better.

Another favorite song, one by Sweet Honey in the Rock, has as its chorus, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” Or, as Michael ...

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